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Dacoits strike twice at Uttam Nagar

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JAN. 4. A woman was shot at and five others were injured when dacoits struck at two houses within a kilometre of each other at Uttam Nagar in West Delhi in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to the police, about half-a-dozen men, armed with country-made revolvers, knives and sticks, entered the house of Pawan Kumar, a resident of Mohan Garden, around 2-45 a.m. They used a ladder to scale the outer wall of the house.

Pawan and his wife, Sunita, who woke up on hearing the commotion, confronted them. They dacoits beat up Pawan with sticks, even as Sunita tried to raise an alarm.

One of dacoits then fired twice at Sunita with a country-made revolver, injuring her in the stomach and legs. Both Sunita and Pawan were rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital.

Meanwhile, the dacoits escaped with two suitcases along with some other articles.

After sometime, the dacoits struck again at the house of 60-year-old Tekchand, a resident of Bhagwati Garden. At the time, Tekchand, his wife, Bhagwan (55), and sons, Rakesh (23) and Bhimsen (30), were asleep in the house. The intruders managed to open the main door as the latch was lose. Even as the inmates of the house woke up on hearing the commotion, the dacoits beat them all up with sticks. They then managed to escape with Rs. 12,000 in cash and some other articles. All the injured were taken to DDU Hospital.

The police believe that the dacoities were pre-planned. The fact that they carried a ladder with them indicated that they had conducted a recce of the house before committing the crime, they said.

The police suspect that the dacoits had prior information about the presence of cash in the two houses. In the first incident, the complainants told the police that the suitcases, which was taken away by the dacoits, contained Rs. 52,000. Later, the suitcases, which had been emptied, were recovered from the nearby fields.

The police said such a huge amount in Pawan's house was rather unexpected as Pawan was unemployed and Sunita used to work as a domestic help. Earlier, she used to work in a private nursing home. In the second house too, Rakesh, an autorickshaw driver, was apparently the only earning member of the family. The police, therefore, suspected that somebody may have tipped-off the dacoits about the presence of cash.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), Neeraj Thakur, said the police were working at all possible angles. "We have got the physical description of the dacoits. But, they have not been identified as yet," he said.

Meanwhile, a case of dacoity has been registered at the Uttam Nagar police station and further investigations are on.

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