Man shoots at 52-year-old outside bank for resisting snatching bid; flees with 13 lakh
Hits Auto Driver Too With Pistol Butt For Trying To Help; Police Say Attack Carefully Planned
New Delhi: A petrol pump owner was shot at near Aurobindo College in south Delhi when he was going to a bank to deposit cash. The incident was captured on a CCTV camera installed outside the bank.
Police said they were informed by an autorickshaw driver named Pankaj that a man had been shot at and that he had been attacked as well. When the police reached the spot, they found the man, Kamaljeet Singh Sethi (52), lying in a pool of blood with a crowd gathering around him.
DCP (south) Ishwar Singh said that Sethi had Rs 13 lakh with him, the week’s collection. When the robbers tried to snatch the cash bag, he resisted. That’s when they shot him in the back and fled with the money. “We have recovered some CCTV footage from the area. It seems the shooter had been following Sethi for sometime before attacking,” Singh said.
The footage shows Sethi parking his car outside the bank, getting down, and opening the other front door to take out the cash bag. As he walks towards the bank, he is accosted by a masked man who tries to snatch the bag.
While all this was happening, Pankaj had arrived at the place to drop his wife to work. She works at a parlour in a building adjacent to the bank. “As I came out and was walking towards my auto, I heard someone calling out for help. I went forward to help the man. As I tried to overpower the robber, he hit me with the butt of a pistol on the head. I still tried to help but by then, he discharged his gun at Sethi,” Pankaj told TOI.
But even after he was shot, Sethi held on to the bag, letting it go only when he dropped down unconscious.
Another CCTV feed that police recovered from the neighbourhood shows the assailant coming with two other men, one of whom was sitting in a car and the other standing next to it. After snatching the bag, the shooter ran towards the car and all three sped away.
Sethi was rushed to a hospital where he was critical at the time of filing of this report. A case was reg- istered at Malviya Nagar police station.
Sethi owns a petrol pump in Lado Sarai. Police said that it appeared that the robbers had recced the area earlier, and had been tailing Sethi since the time he left the petrol pump around 10.30am. Police suspect the role of an employee who might have told the robbers how much cash Sethi had with him.
The auto driver, Pankaj, tried to overpower the robber but was hit on the head