The gang targets elderly women around religious places. They would either offer them a lift, or would ask for some address and some times even lure them to the car citing some excuse. And in the next few minutes, the accused would grab the gold jewellery of the target and would escape.
Usually, according to sources, the gang comes in a white car. A man would be driving the car and two to three women would be sitting in it.
Rajat Malhotra, an advocate in Punjab and Haryana high court, and a resident of Humbran road, said, “In 2019, my mother Veeran Malhotra was targeted by the women car gang. My mother was returning from Ram Sharnam when the car gang made her sit in the car, took off her gold karas and threw her out of the moving car. My mother had gone through a knee replacement after that incident. Moreover, in this case the police had identified one accused woman who was already arrested in a similar case. She was brought to the office of some police official where she had admitted her crime; however, later she was let off.”
A resident of Gill Road, Usha, 65 said, “The gang had tried to rob me of my gold jewellery in 2015 on Ferozepur Road. But I did not go near them and escaped. The gang has been active for a long time but the police have done nothing to stop them. There should be awareness, especially among the elderly women, about the gang. The announcements should also be made around religious places. Besides, CCTVs and awareness boards must be deployed outside all these religious places.”
‘Will be nabbed soon’
Deputy commissioner of police, investigation, S P S Dhindsa said, “Patiala police had busted this gang about two years ago. Ludhiana police had brought those arrested on production warrant and had made their arrests. The police are showing the pictures of all those arrested and accused to the victims to identify them.” According to Dhindsa, “There are a group of families of a village in Fatehgarh Sahib district who are involved in these crimes. They have been arrested several times. But they come out on bail and again execute the crime again. We will solve these cases soon.”