Rs. 1 lakh robbed from boutique in Chowk

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2015 12:55 IST

An old woman and her two sons chased away a gang of robbers after spotting them break into a boutique in a building adjoining their house in Chowk locality during wee hours on Sunday. The accused even hurled crude bombs while fleeing from the spot, which left the woman injured. The assailants, however, managed to loot cash over Rs. 1 lakh from the boutique.

The incident took place in Dilaram Baradari locality when Sunil Dutt Kannaujia came out of his house to check is everything was alright as the street dogs were barking continuously in the locality. Sunil Dutt said two youths, who were standing outside ’V Elegance’ boutique near his house, attacked him when he questioned them. He said the boutique is owned by one Vandana Awasthi, a resident of Chaupatia located barely 500 metres from the spot.

He said the two youths were guarding outside the boutique while their accomplices were inside the premises.

“My elder brother Guru Dutt Kannuajiya and mother Bela Devi too came out of the house after hearing me shout and caught hold the two youths from behind,” said Sunil Dutt and added, “The youths’ five other accomplices, who were present inside the boutique came out and attacked us.”

He said the youths fled when they started shouting for help. We chased them for quite a long distance during which they hurled crude bombs at us during which my mother got injured, he added.

“We later informed the boutique owner who in turn informed the cops. The owner later confirmed that the robbers took away cash over Rs one lakh kept in the locker of the boutique. She has lodged an FIR against unidentified miscreants with Chowk police station in this connection,” added Sunil Dutt.

In another incident, armed robbers barged into the house of one Awadesh Ver ma, a security agency employee in Sarojininagar area, during wee hours on Sunday. Verma told the cops that his family woke up after listening some voices inside his house premises at around 3.30 am. He tried to come out the room after spotting some intruders in the verandah but they had locked his room from outside.

He said the miscreants fled as his neighbours also woke up when he started shouting for help.

He said they also opened fire in air to threaten locals and fled from the spot. He said the miscreants took away cash and valuables worth Rs. 1.5 lakh from his house.

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