An unidentified youth robbed an ice-cream outlet owner of rs 60,000 and left him seriously injured after opening fire at him in the Urban Estate (Phase-2) locality here late Tuesday night. The CCTV footage revealed that the youth fired with a country-made .32-bore pistol and took away the cash.
The injured owner of the outlet, identified as Ratikant Yadav, 34, a resident of the Industrial Area, has been admitted to the Doaba hospital near the Nakodar Chowk here.
A girl is also suspected to be the associate of the youth in the loot as she had been visiting the outlet for the past four days around 11pm on the pretext of eating ice-cream and was noticed observing the shop minutely.
In the four-minute video footage (from 11.02 pm to 11.06 pm), a young boy, wearing blue-coloured patka, barged into the outlet at 11.02 pm and asked Yadav to hand over the entire money he had.
At the time of the incident, Yadav, with outlet cashier Kunal Aggarwal, 27, of Saidan Gate and helper Shambu, 24, of the Industrial Area, were going to close the outlet.
Initially, Yadav and others thought that the youth was just joking, but then he brought out the pistol and aimed it at them. Frightened Yadav tried to confront the youth, but the youth fired at Yadav injuring him in the leg. Yadav fell on the floor.
Meanwhile, Kunal handed over the cash bag, that contained `60,000 in cash, to the robber, but asked him to give him the invoice book kept in the bag.
The looter kept his pistol on the counter of the shop and took out the invoice book from the bag and gave it to Kunal. He then went out forgetting to take away the pistol. However, soon he realised it and he again entered the shop and took away the weapon.
The injured Yadav tried to chase the looter in his Innova car, but the accused managed to escape.
Yadav then drove to the Doaba hospital where doctors operated him and informed the Model Town police about the incident.
The police, along with a forensic team, led by senior officers, rushed to the spot of the incident and recovered the shell of the bullet.
A case has been registered against the unidentified looter at the Model Town police station.
CCTV Footage of the incident