Three armed motorcycle-borne men allegedly snatched Rs 49 lakh from two employees of an export house in Okhla Industrial area on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said the men fired three rounds in the air before fleeing with the money.
The alleged robbery took place outside the office of Orient Craft, an export house.
The money was to be distributed as salary among the employees.
According to police data, last year 482 cases of robbery were reported in the city and in 90 per cent of the incidents, the criminals used stolen Pulsar bikes, which was also used in Wednesday’s alleged robbery. In 2009, 1,986 Pulsar motorcycles were stolen in the city.
The Okhla robbery was reported around 3.30 p.m. when two employees of the company were returning from Greater Kailash with the cash in a Wagon R car.
“The two staff members had gone to Corporation Bank in Greater Kailash to withdraw the money. While they were returning to the office, the three motorcyclists intercepted them near the gates of the export house and tried to snatch the bag. When they resisted, one of them opened fire to scare them,” said an employee of the export house.
Police said the accused were wearing helmets to hide their identities.
A senior police officer said, “It seems the robbers were aware about the movement of the employees. They attacked them at the gates of the export house just when they were about to enter with the money.”
Police said they recovered two empty shells from the scene of crime.
“The robbers were armed with country-made weapons but no one was hurt in the incident,” said the officer.
A case under relevant sections of robbery has been registered at the Okhla police station.
The employees had noted the registration number of the motorcycle and have given it to the police.
“In such crimes, mostly stolen bikes are used. It is difficult locate them,” said the officer.