EL­DERLY MAN SHOT AT FIGHT­ING ROB­BER WHO FLED WITH ₹13L CASH

The 62­year­old owns a fuel sta­tion in south Delhi’s Lado Sarai. He had gone to a bank in Malviya Na­gar to de­posit money

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

NEWDELHI:An el­derly fuel sta­tion owner was shot at out­side a bank in south Delhi’s Shiva­lik on Tues­day morn­ing af­ter he took on a rob­ber who snatched his bag con­tain­ing ₹13 lakh in cash.

An auto driver cross­ing the spot tried to fight the rob­ber, who knocked him un­con­scious with the butt of a pis­tol. Much of the crime was cap­tured by a CCTV cam­era in­stalled out­side the bank. The 62-year-old man tried to hold on to his bag even af­ter he was shot but the rob­ber man­aged to pull it away and es­caped with the cash. Chin­moy Biswal, Ad­di­tional DCP (south), said that the rob­ber re­mained uniden­ti­fied un­til Tues­day evening.

The in­jured man, Ka­mal­jeet Singh Sethi, owns a fuel sta­tion in south Delhi’s Lado Sarai and lives with his fam­ily in Mehrauli. The crime hap­pened around 10.30 am on Tues­day when Sethi ar­rived out­side a bank in Shiva­lik Colony in Malviya Na­gar.

Sethi had parked his Swift Dzire car out­side the bank and come out of his ve­hi­cle with a cash-laden bag in his hand when a masked man ap­proached him and tried to snatch his bag from his hand, CCTV footage showed.

But Sethi held on to his bag and tried to run into the bank, lead­ing to a tug-of-war be­tween him and the rob­ber. In the scuf­fle that en­sued, the rob­ber shot at him in his stom­ach.

Sethi col­lapsed but he would not let go of his bag. He con­tin­ued to latch on to the bag even as the rob­ber dragged him sev­eral feet on the road­side. But just as Sethi gave up, an auto driver pass­ing by tried to take on the rob­ber.

“I had just dropped some­one when I saw the sar­dar (Sethi) shout out for help. I rushed to help him but the rob­ber hit me on my head with a pis­tol and I fell un­con­scious,” said Pankaj, the au­torick­shaw driver, who re­vealed only his first name. He re­quired five stitches but is out of dan­ger.

A bleed­ing Sethi was helped by a woman em­ployee staffer of the bank. The el­derly man had man­aged to lift him­self off the floor even af­ter be­ing shot. “The bul­let passed through his stom­ach and he needed to be op­er­ated upon,” said the ad­di­tional DCP. He is still ad­mit­ted in hos­pi­tal.

Maq­sood Ahmed, a se­cu­rity guard de­ployed at the bank branch, was at the toi­let when the rob­bery hap­pened. He said he rushed to the scene when he was alerted by the bank staff but it was too late by then.

A case has been reg­is­tered at Malviya Na­gar po­lice sta­tion and mul­ti­ple teams formed to crack the case. “It is un­likely that the rob­ber was op­er­at­ing alone. We pre­sume he was helped by at least two other per­sons who may have been wait­ing nearby on a mo­tor­cy­cle. We are scan­ning CCTV footage for clues,” said Biswal.

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1. Ka­mal­jeet Singh Sethi (left) walks to­wards the bank as the rob­ber (right) ap­proaches him.

2. The rob­ber tries to snatch his bag con­tain­ing ₹13 lakh.

3. Sethi tries to hold on to his bag even af­ter he was shot.

4. An auto driver cross­ing the spot tries to fight the rob­ber, who knocked him un­con­scious with the butt of a pis­tol.

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