A jeweller was attacked with choppers and knives, and robbed of valuables at gunpoint by four unidentified men, including an autorickshaw driver at Vile Parle on Friday.
The victim, Kushal Khetraj Jain, 45, who resides at Chandvarkar Lane in Borivli (West), is admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and is critical. The police are yet to record his statement and hence, do not know the exact worth of valuables robbed.
According to the police, the incident took place around 7pm when Jain was walking towards his shop Varun Jewellers, located on Azad Road in Vile Parle (East), carrying a bag containing ornaments.
A few metres from his shop, an autorickshaw intercepted him. Two armed men got off the vehicle and attacked Jain on his hands, legs and abdomen. The third accused pointed a revolver at Jain, while the rickshaw driver snatched the bag containing valuables from the hands of the victim, said the police.
The men then got into the rickshaw and sped away. Jain screamed for help, alerting the locals who rushed to the spot and informed the Vile Parle police, who got the last four digits of the auto’s registration number, noted down by one of the passers-by.
“We have registered a case of robbery against the four unidentified accused and are trying to track them down. The victim has sustained injuries on his legs and his abdomen,” said Narayan Patil, senior inspector of Vile Parle police station.