Manoj, Rohit and Parmatma were booked by the Manimajra police for assaulting an ATM watchman, Veer Bahadur. Both the accused and the victim are from Chandigarh.
Officials of the Sector-5 police station, who are investigating the case of robbery that took place last week, said the three accused arrested in the assault case are also suspected to be involved in the case of robbery. The police has sought the permission of the chief judicial magistrate to question them.
On November 27, thieves had broken into the jewellery shop and chemist shop in Sector 7, and decamped with cash and silver ware. The robbers had broken the CCTV cameras and glass door of the chemist shop, but their movement were captured in the CCTV of a nearby shop. However, their faces could not be captured.
Station house officer (SHO) of the Sector-5 police station, Panchkula, Ajay Singh, said, “We have asked the permission of the local court to question the accused. The three accused are at present lodged at the Burail jail in Chandigarh”.
He added that the three after breaking into the shops had escaped after beating up the security guard of a local shop. Police had questioned the guard, Tara Chand, but he was found to be “innocent”, and was later let off.
Earlier, involvement of four people was suspected in the robbery, but Singh said that only through “subsequent investigation” will “we be in a position to ascertain the exact number of people involved”.
The police will also work on the circumstantial evidences in the case reported by local people, who said that a white Esteem car was used for the robbery. “The CCTV footage of a nearby shop has captured the movement of a few people doing the rekki of the area before committing the crime. All these clues will be probed,” said Singh. After the robbery, patrolling of the area has been intensified by the police. A local police official added that the jewellers of the area have been asked to “deploy private security personnel outside their shops”.