Three bike-borne robbers shot at and robbed a collection agent of a cellular distributor near D-block of Kavi Nagar on Monday afternoon.
The victim, Ajit Kumar, was left on the roadside bleeding profusely from a bullet wound in the chest until a 25-year-old man stopped and took him to a nearby hospital.
Before Akarsh Agarwal, a trader at Raj Nagar District Centre, stopped his car, several vehicles had stopped and moved away after seeing an injured Kumar shouting for help around 3pm.
“Several people were surrounding him but no one took the pains to rush him to the hospital. Several motorists stopped to look at him but they moved on. One of my employees was also in the crowd and I told him to take care of the victim’s bike while I rushed him to a private hospital for treatment,” Agarwal said.
“Midway, the victim requested me not to reveal the incident to his family as they would panic. Finally, he was admitted and I told the doctors to start the treatment immediately and inform me if any money was required. I also left my phone number at the hospital,” he said.
Kumar had collected nearly ₹2 lakh cash from different persons in the city and was on his way to the office when three armed men on a bike cornered him at the road leading to KDB School.
“They tried to snatch the bag from him but he resisted. Instead, they shot him in the chest and escaped with the bag. They were on a white Apache bike and Ajit remembers the number. We also called up the police emergency number but it did not connect. Instead, the man who rushed Ajit to hospital gave us a call and informed us about the incident. Ajit is in the ICU,” said Dipesh Gupta, Ajit’s employer who has a office at M block of Kavi Nagar.
The registration number of the bike given by Kumar turned out to be a fake as a scooter was found registered on that number. Police said the bike used by the robbers could have had a fake number plate.
“We flashed the message over the wireless and alerted all police posts in the city and bordering areas. We are also trying to scan CCTV footages to trace the identities of the culprits. The robbers were in the age group of 20-25 year,” said Manish Mishra, circle officer (city).