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Robbers take phone and cash of 26-yr-old, shoot him in the leg

The robbers allegedly took away a self-designed helmet the man was wearing, prompting investigators to suspect that the head gear may have attracted the attention of the motorcycle-borne thieves.

delhi Updated: Aug 28, 2018 06:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The robbers also took away Vinay Sharma’s self-designed helmet.(HT Photo)

A 26-year-old engineer was shot in the leg allegedly by two unidentified robbers on the Ashram flyover in south Delhi on Saturday night, police said.

The robbers allegedly took away a self-designed helmet the man was wearing, prompting investigators to suspect that the head gear may have attracted the attention of the motorcycle-borne thieves.

The helmet was connected to the rider’s motorcycle via Bluetooth and would flash a ‘STOP’ sign on braking.

The engineer, Vinay Sharma, complained of lack of sensitivity in his right leg where the bullet struck him.

He has been hospitalised.

Ghanshyam Bansal, additional deputy commissioner of police (south-east), said that a case under sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt while committing robbery) and 397 (robbery with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Lajpat Nagar police station and efforts are on to identify and nab the suspects.

The incident took place around 11pm, when Sharma, a resident of west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, was on his way home from work on his motorcycle. He works as an engineer at a luxury hotel in Noida.

“My motorcycle suddenly stopped on the flyover. I got off to check the fuel tank when two men arrived on another motorcycle and pointed a pistol at me. I gave away my mobile
phone but they demanded cash,” Sharma said.

When Sharma said he was not carrying any cash, they checked his bag to find Rs 2,000.

“They took away the money but shot me in the leg for no apparent reason. I had not even resisted the robbery,” he said, adding they also took away his helmet while fleeing.

Police suspect the robbers shot him as they suspected him of lying about the cash.

Since he was not in a condition to ride the motorcycle, Sharma left it on the flyover and sought help from a truck driver to reach Safdarjung Hospital where he received medical attention.

He later moved to a private hospital close to his house for further treatment.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 06:01 IST