In two successive incidents of highway robbery, an armed group of four youths (all in their 20s) looted Rs 7.11 lakh from two petrol pumps on Lucknow-Sitapur highway one after another within a span of 90 minutes, during the wee hours on Sunday.
Shockingly, the police, who claimed to be on patrol duty the entire night, came to know about the incidents much later.
The robbers first targeted a petrol pump near Bakshi Ka Talab (BKT) town area looting Rs 1.74 lakh there. After that they robbed Rs 5.37 lakh from a Siddhauli petrol pump on Sitapur road.
The gang in both the cases held the petrol pump employees captive after taking them on gunpoint.
The first incident took place at the petrol pump owned by Dinesh Chandra, a resident of Purana Qila, Hussainganj at around 2:45 am. Three employees—Narpat Singh, Vishram Yadav and Mohd Rizwan —were on night duty at the time of the incident.
Narpat Singh said the youths came walking to the petrol pump. Only one of the youths had a firearm while others had clubs in their hands. “They tied our hands and dumped us at the pump backyard and fled with the cash. We were freed when other employees came on duty in the morning,” Singh said.
The daring youths did not stop there. Within no time they targeted another NRM petrol pump, this time at Siddhauli at around 4:10 am. Both the petrol pumps are located at a distance of 30 kilometres from each other on the same highway. The Siddhauli petrol pump is owned by a Yadav family of Sitapur.
Similar to the BKT incident, the robbers coolly walked up to the petrol pump and overpowered the four employees present at the petrol pump.
The youths tied the hands of all employees and locked them inside a toilet. One of the employees Dilip suffered injuries on his head when the robbers hit him after he resisted them.
Lucknow DIG Rajeev Krishna said: “A joint team of Lucknow and Sitapur police is carrying out raids in search of the robbers and soon the cases would be worked out.”