Armed jewellery heist in Am­rit­sar

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Htpunjab - HT Correspondent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

FIVE TO SIX UNIDEN­TI­FIED ARMED MEN LOOTED GOLD OR­NA­MENTS WORTH CRORES OF RU­PEES

AM­RIT­SAR : A group of five to six uniden­ti­fied armed men looted gold or­na­ments worth crores of ru­pees from a jewellery shop in Guru Bazar here on Satur­day night.

The in­ci­dent took place at around 7:40pm at Prem Kumar and Sons jewellery shop af­ter the rob­bers en­tered the shop as cus­tomers.

As per the po­lice, be­fore leav­ing the spot, the rob­bers fired some shots in the air.

Though owner of the shop Prem Kumar didn’t talk to the me­dia af­ter the rob­bery, but the pres­i­dent of jew­ellers’ as­so­ci­a­tion Ash­wini Kumar Kale Shah said the looted or­na­ments could be worth around ₹6 crore.

Ash­wini, the owner of the shop next to where the crime took place, said, “At 7:40 pm, five to six men en­tered the shop as cus­tomers. Prem Kumar, 65, and his son Mu­n­ish Kumar were in the shop. The rob­bers first asked Mu­n­ish to show them a gold ‘kara’ and a chain. As soon as he showed them the items, the rob­bers took out pis­tols and fired two shots in­side the shop. They then col­lected all the jewellery and fled.”

Ash­wani said he was busy with his cus­tomers and came out af­ter hear­ing the noise. “When I came out of my shop, the rob­bers were flee­ing from the spot. Be­fore leav­ing they also fired two shots in the air.”

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Dcp-in­ves­ti­ga­tion) Jag­mo­han Singh, ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (Ad­cpcrime) Har­jit Singh, ADCP (City-1) Jagjit Singh Walia vis­ited the crime scene.

The po­lice were scan­ning the footage of the CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in the mar­ket. Be­fore flee­ing the spot, the rob­bers also took away the DVR of the CCTV cam­era in­side the shop.

Record­ings of a CCTV cam­era in the mar­ket show the rob­bers fir­ing in the area while flee­ing.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Jag­mo­han Singh said the owner of the shop is yet to as­cer­tain the worth of the looted jewellery. “On the com­plaint of the shopowner, we will reg­is­ter a case at Kot­wali po­lice sta­tion,” he said.

This is the sec­ond rob­bery in the mar­ket in last three months. In May, three as­sailants robbed a jew­eller of gold worth ₹33 lakh and ₹2 lakh cash.

The po­lice, how­ever, solved that case.

SAMEER SEHGAL/HT

Po­lice at the shop that was looted in Am­rit­sar’s Guru Bazar on Satur­day.

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