Two motorcycle-borne criminals looted cash from a petrol pump after gunning down its salesman in Bihar’s Vaishali district on Monday night.
Police said the incident took place at Gurmia village in Kartanaha police station area, about 25 km from Hajipur.
Protesting against the incident, an irate mob blocked the Sarai-Lalganj link road for hours and allegedly Kartanaha station house officer RK Paswan when he reached the petrol pump to investigate the incident.
“The criminals reached the petrol pump and asked salesman Saroj Kumar to fill the tank. As the salesman was filling the tank, the criminals tried to snatch the money bag from him. When he resisted the loot attempt, the pillion rider fired at the salesman and escaped with the money,” the police said quoting petrol pump staff.
Vaishali superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar said the body of Saroj Kumar, nephew of former Gurmia mukhiya and RJD leader Jawahar Rai, had been sent for post-mortem.
“The complaint lodged by the petrol pump owner does not have details of the cash looted. I guess, the amount would not be big as the petrol pump had not been doing a good business,” the SP said.
This is the second incident of petrol pump loot in Vaishali district within a week. Criminals had looted Rs 2 lakh from a petrol pump at Jandaha on February 7.