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

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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

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