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Noida robber held in Ghaziabad after shoot-out

For a gang of robbers, Wednesday was the day when things did not go as planned. They targeted a 28-year-old cash collection agent and snatched a money bag outside Noida’s Spice Mall in Sector 25-A only to find it empty.

noida Updated: Oct 25, 2017 22:27 IST
Vinit & Peeyush Khandelwal
Sub-inspector Bhupendra Singh, the in-charge of Vaishali police post, was injured in the exchange of fire with the robbers in Vaishali Sector 4.
Sub-inspector Bhupendra Singh, the in-charge of Vaishali police post, was injured in the exchange of fire with the robbers in Vaishali Sector 4.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

For a gang of robbers, Wednesday was the day when things did not go as planned.

They targeted a 28-year-old cash collection agent and snatched a money bag outside Noida’s Spice Mall in Sector 25-A only to find it empty.

When the collection agent, employed with private firm – Brinks Arya, resisted the robbery attempt, they shot him, snatched the bag and fled the spot on a bike.

But they were in for a harder time as Ghaziabad Police managed to hunt them in Sector 4, Vaishali and arrested one of them after a brief gunfight; the other managed to escape.

The collection agent, Krishna Om Prakash and was shot in the belly. He is being treated.

The incident took place on Wednesday noon when Prakash was about to enter the Spice Mall for his daily collection.

The two suspects entered the mall’s parking area and cornered Krishna.

Prakash was also accompanied by a gunman and the driver of the cash collection van but both were several metres away from him. The two suspects gave them the slip and fled on their bike towards Nithari.

The gunman said, “Krishna emptied his collection in the van and was entering the mall to collect money when the two persons intercepted him and opened fire. The bag that was taken did not contain any cash.”

“The collected cash kept in the safe box is still not opened. Generally, the collection agents take different routes every day. Whether they were being followed is to be investigated,” said Rajeev Kumar Singh, circle officer of Noida – II.

Unaware that the Noida police had flashed the wireless messages to neighbouring districts, including Ghaziabad, about the incident, the two rode towards Vaishali residential locality.

“In Vaishali, there was a vehicle check on and the two men opened fire assuming that they had been identified. Hearing the shots, one of our sub-inspectors borrowed a two-wheeler and chased the duo. At a distance of nearly 200 metres, he shot at the bike and both men fell,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city), Ghaziabad.

He said one of the men, identified as Rizwan Qureshi, opened fire at SI Bhupendra Singh, the Vaishali police post in-charge.

Singh sustained a bullet injury but retaliated, injuring Rizwan in the leg. His accomplice, identified as Shehzad Qureshi, managed to escape.

The police said the duo, from Bulandshahr, is a part of a dreaded gang of robbers, with 15 cases of robberies and chain snatching against it in Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr and Gautam Budh Nagar.

Rizwan, whose brother Furkan is currently lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi, was taken into custody and rushed to GTB Hospital in Delhi.

Singh is also being treated at a private hospital, as the bullet fired by Rizwan hit his elbow.

The white Apache bike used by the suspects was seized by the police.

Later in the afternoon, the Noida police also reached Ghaziabad as Rizwan had confessed to his role in the Noida incident.

“Prima facie, we identified the robber on the basis of description, age group and build, as told to the police by the victim’s colleagues. The white Apache used by them was also a major connecting point. We will get him identified by the victim, who is still undergoing treatment,” said Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar.