In Monday’s Kanhaiyya Nagar incident, the courage of a 25-year-old man helped the police catch hold of one of the two alleged robbers who had shot dead a 48-year-old chartered accountant and injured his son.
Eyewitnesses alleged that the accused had used a sophisticated pistol with a silencer attached to it.
“The police did not do anything. They were ready to baton-charge us and lob teargas shells when we protested. The robber was caught with the help of the 25-year-old neighbour, Rinku,” said Suresh Jindal, a trader at the Kanhaiyya Nagar market.
Angry locals shouted anti-police slogans and alleged that three weeks ago a similar robbery had occurred on the same stretch.
The police said the accused might have followed Krishna Kumar Bansal and his son from the Axis bank ATM from where they had withdrawn Rs 3 lakh.
Bansal was rushed to Maharaja Agrasen Hospital where he was declared dead.
“His son Nitin is out of danger now. The incident happened barely a few metres away from a police picket,” said a trader.
Nitin has a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The Bansals live few blocks away from the main market.
“We are questioning Bansal’s employees and can’t rule out the involvement of an insider in giving the information,” said a senior police officer.
Robbery at Dwarka
The second incident was reported around 12.15 am on Monday when 60-year-old Raj Pal, an employee with a gas agency in Dwarka’s Sector-20 was on his way to deposit Rs 4.42 lakh at a nearby bank.
“Raj Pal was on his motorcycle and had hung the bag on the bike’s handle. While he was waiting at the Sector-9 traffic intersection, three bike borne assailants came from the opposite direction and pushed him. Raj Pal fell down and the accused fled with his motorcycle and the bag,” said R.S. Krishania, additional commissioner of police (southwest).
A case of robbery has been registered at Dwarka police station.
The third incident was reported around 8.30 pm on Monday, when a 60-year-old housewife was robbed of her gold chain in a crowded market at IP Extension in east Delhi.
The assailant reportedly attacked the woman identified as Asha Patarvai when she was returning home after seeing off her daughter and their children to a nearby bus stand.
A man pounced on her from behind, snatched her chain and then fled with his accomplice who was waiting for him on a motorcycle a few steps away.