Vijay Kumar, who was driving the Maruti car belonging to the cooperative bank, told the police that the armed men were following his car and had even fired at the car to scare them. The car was stopped under the Lajwanti Chowk flyover in the Capital and robbed of Rs 34 lakh. He also told the police that they put up a fight with the robbers and chased the robbers’ car till they found the first police check post.
On Wednesday, at around 4 pm, four employees of Mahamedha Cooperative Bank — Vijay Kumar (driver), Kuldeep Kumar (attendant), Avadh Bihari Shukla (security guard) and Naresh (clerk) — in Ghaziabad were on their way to the IndusInd Bank in Janakpuri when the robbers stopped the car. Shukla sustained bullet and stab injuries. He is recuperating in a hospital. “We tried to fight back but the robbers shot at the security guard within seconds of intercepting the car. They even beat him up with the butt of a pistol and stabbed him,” said Vijay Kumar, the driver of the car.
Police, however, said there were several discrepancies in the version given by the bank employees and they did not rule out the involvement of an insider in the case.
“There were five to six robbers in the white Santro car with tinted windows. Two of them were carrying guns and all of them were masked. They were following us for a while and intercepted our car near Lajwanti Garden flyover. One of them stared firing indiscriminately and they shot the security guard twice. They also stabbed him. They took away the cash kept in a plastic bag after breaking the rear glass of the car,” said Vijay Kumar, the driver of the car.
Kuldeep Kumar, the attendant who was sitting on the back seat told the police that the robbers even tried to beat them up. “One of the robbers punched me. Vijay reversed the car to save us and, in the meantime, the robbers got inside their car and drove away. We chased them till we found the first police check post. We had noted down the number of the vehicle (DL4CAG 3008) and gave it to the police. Condition of the security guard was deteriorating, so we rushed him to Mata Chanan Devi Hospital,” said Kumar.
The robbers also took away the security guard’s gun.
He also told the police that Shukla was guiding them on the way as they had come from Ghaziabad and did not know the route. Police said the robbers had used country-made revolvers and were carrying knives with them.
A case of robbery has been registered at the Delhi Cantonment police station. A Crime Branch team reached the spot and began the investigations.