Attempt to snatch Thar from NRI: bike rider collides with wall, died in hospital, one accused arrested

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A youth was trying to rob Thar from an NRI man after hitting him with a motorcycle in village Barnahara. It is being told that the young man pointed a pistol at the Thar driver. One of his associates was also with the accused. While chasing Thar, the accused entered a wall on the way. The bike driver was seriously injured. While one of his companions was caught by the police. The deceased youth has been identified as Lakhwinder Singh, a resident of Majra Khurd village, Ludhiana. His associate Harpreet Singh of Jalandhar has been arrested by the police. The complainant, who hails from Barnahara village, said on condition of anonymity that he is an NRI and had returned from Philippines about three months ago. He is opening a restaurant in Doraha, whose work is in the final stages. He was returning late at night from the site with his friend. He was returning from Doraha in his Thar jeep along with his friend at around 3:20 am on Monday. He was about to reach his village when two miscreants started chasing him. He said the accused threw a piece of cloth on the windshield of the vehicle to stop them, but the cloth blew away with the wind. He told that ‘I increased the speed of the car but the accused kept following me. The accused tried to damage the windshield of the vehicle with a baseball bat, but was unsuccessful. The accused pointed the gun, after which I again accelerated to run away, but the accused kept on chasing me. When I stopped the vehicle after reaching near my house, it was found that the accused did not see the T-point falling on the way and rammed the bike into the wall in haste.

The accused, who was riding the bike, suffered head injuries, while his accomplice narrowly escaped the accident. On raising the noise, the villagers gathered there and nabbed the accused. His injured colleague was taken to the hospital. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP, West) Talwinder Singh said Lakhwinder had suffered a head injury and succumbed to his injuries during treatment. Lakhwinder and Harpreet also have criminal cases registered against them. Police also recovered a 32 bore pistol and five live cartridges from the possession of Harpreet Singh. The accused Harpreet told that before targeting the NRI, he had tried to break the shutter of an auto agency with the intention of stealing the bike, but failed. PAU Police has registered a case in this matter under IPC and Arms Act.

Let us inform that the remand has been taken by presenting the accused in the court today. It is being told that 2 to 3 other accomplices of the accused are still absconding. Police have recovered 32 bore revolver and 5 live cartridges from the accused. In this case, the police can hold a press conference on Wednesday.

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