In another shooting incident, three men on a motorcycle stopped a businessman walking back to his car parked outside his factory in northwest Delhi, shot him in the arm, snatched a bag containing cash on Friday night. The accused reportedly fired in the air before fleeing.
The attackers opened fire on 37-year-old Trilok Chandwani, who owns a steel factory in Wazirpur Industrial area, when he fought with one of them to save his money. He was carrying two bags containing Rs 15,000 and Rs 60,000 and the robbers snatched the one with the lesser amount.
“Chandwani has identified one of the attackers from a photograph in the criminal dossier. The man is a notorious criminal of the area,” said a police officer. Police added that several labourers were witness to the robbery didn’t intervene to save Chandwani. “They came to help only after the attackers had fled,” said an officer.
The attack is part of a string of similar armed robberies in the city this month and comes days after Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal claimed crime was declining this year.
A man was shot dead in east Delhi earlier this month when he resisted robbers who tried to wrest from him a bag containing Rs 35,000.
In the latest incident, Chandwani ducked when the first shot was fired but a second bullet hit his shoulder, police said. Chandwani’s uncle Chandra Kishore said, “His servant Ram Palat was ahead of him when the three attackers pulled by. One of them got off the motorcycle and tried to snatch the bag.”
Chandwani reportedly fought the attacker who hurriedly pulled out a gun and shot at him.
Police said the three attackers had stationed a man near the factory who signalled them when Chandwani came out. “After the incident, two of them fled on the motorcycle while the other two ran away,” said an officer. Chandwani’s wife Neelam and children waited anxiously while doctors at DR Nursing Home in Ashok Vihar operated on him.