A JEWELLER from Jaipur was shot at and robbed of gems worth several lakhs near Trauma Centre of KGMU on Sunday. Jeweller Rajesh Agarwal was in a tempo when the incident took place. An elderly person sitting next to the jeweller was also injured. Both have been admitted to the Trauma Centre.
Agarwal had boarded the tempo from Nishatganj to visit a nother jeweller Ranjan Rastogi in the old city. The tempo driver said the assailants had boarded the tempo before Agarwal did. When asked about their destination, both said, “you keep on driving. We would let you know that later.”
Cops arrived on the scene later questioned the shopkeepers who were unable to part with any significant details.
The tempo driver informed the cops that apart from Agarwal, there were three other passengers. The assailants were sitting on the front seats while Agarwal and the elderly person identified as Krishna Murari Pande from Thakuragnj, were on the hind seat.
As soon as the tempo crossed the Trauma Centre, the assailants attempted to snatch Agarwal’s bag. When he resisted, the youths opened fire and then snatched the jeweller’s bag.
They asked the driver to stop the vehicle. A motorcyclist who was following the tempo helped the two in the escape.
Police said Agarwal had come to Lucknow for meeting some jewellers of the city about four days back. Police suspect that the loot was planned to perfection with the help of someone who was privy to Agarwal’s itinerary. “We have questioned some people. We would get to the bottom of the case soon,” said Rajesh Sahni, Circle Office, Chowk.