Armed robbers looted Rs 6.5 lakh from a cash delivery van of a private firm near Jaitu here on Wednesday afternoon after opening fire on the vehicle.
The incident took place on the Jaitu-Ran Singh road at about 1:30 pm when the van, with five occupants, including driver, one security man and three other employees, was on its way to Bargari.
They were on duty to load cash in the automated teller machines (ATMs) in the area. Armed men were waiting for the vehicle near a bridge over a drain.
When they fired at the vehicle, driver Harjit Singh, tried to drive away the vehicle, but a bullet hit him on his arm and he lost control over the vehicle and it skidded off into fields before coming to a halt.
The occupants of the van allegedly ran away to save their lives. The assailants took away the cash kept in a bag. One of the employees of the firm Sandeep Singh also suffered injuries.
Deputy superintendent of police, Jaitu, Jagdish Kumar, said that they were investigating the matter but, till now, it has emerged that about five-six assailants attacked the vehicle.
He said that vehicle occupants ran away to save their lives as robbers opened fire. The robbers ran away in two cars after committing the robbery.
The deputy superintendent of police said that the security guard said that he had also retaliated by firing. He said police were still corroborating the sequence of events before registering a case.