Panic prevailed in north Delhi’s Kamla Nagar market on Saturday morning after two men on a bike shot dead a security guard outside an ATM kiosk and made away with bags full of cash.
The daring daylight heist, which took place during a routine cash replenishment exercise at the ATM, saw the bike borne assailants making away with almost Rs 1.5 crore in cash.
Locals who rushed to the spot on hearing the gunshots said that while one of the accused stood outside on guard, the other went into the ATM to collect the cash.The robbers struck when the driver of the cash van was inside his vehicle. The money custodian Ghanshyam along with his assistant custodian Deepak Sapra entered the ATM kiosk. As per protocol, the ATM guard and the guard of the cash van, Satinder Singh, stood guard outside.
“The duo arrived on a black motorbike, almost as soon as the employees of the private firm entered the ATM. While one of them shot Singh almost immediately, the other went inside and snatched the cash bags,” said Ravindra, a shop owner.
The duo kept their helmets on during the entire incident.
Eyewitnesses claimed that while some people tried to catch the assailants, they quickly had to retreat after one of them pointed a gun at them. “I, along with some others, tried to catch them. But the pillion rider had pulled out his gun and pointed at me. While I took cover behind a car, they drove away firing in the air,” claimed a man.
The alleged accused were last spotted speeding towards the Delhi University’s North Campus ridge.
Sources in the police department claimed that the duo had altered the registration number of their motorbike. CCTV footage from around the area was being gathered to ascertain the chain of events.
“They knew about the timings of the money refilling, which suggests that they had conducted a recce of the area before the crime,” said a police officer.
Special CP (law and order) Deepak Mishra maintained that a case had been registered and special teams had been deployed to nab the accused.