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Security guard kills cash van ‘robber’ in south Delhi

The guard, Arun Shukla, claimed that the shot was fired accidentally while he was trying to physically take on the victim, who he claimed was carrying chilli powder.

delhi Updated: May 11, 2019 04:38 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
New Delhi
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The cash van that was allegedly targeted in south Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur on Friday.

A 40-year-old security guard allegedly “accidentally” shot dead a man who attempted to rob a bag containing ₹14 lakh from a cash van stuck in traffic in south Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur on Friday morning, the police said.

The guard, Arun Shukla, claimed that the shot was fired accidentally while he was trying to physically take on the victim, who he claimed was carrying chilli powder. The victim, believed to be in his 20s, remained unidentified till Friday night.

“I was merely trying to prevent him from robbing the cash. I did not want to kill any person,” Shukla said.

Police said all evidence so far suggested that it was a case of accidental firing. “We are only registering a case of robbery against the deceased person,” Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (south-east), said.

At the time of the alleged attempted robbery, there were three men in the vehicle –Shukla, the driver whom the police did not identify and the cashier, Rao Saheb Ramesh.

“They work for a private firm in charge of collecting cash from the Badarpur toll plaza. They were headed towards Vasant Kunj after collecting money when the robber struck, at around 10.45am,” the DCP said.

The driver and the guard were travelling in the front while the cashier was on the middle seat. The vehicle had crossed the traffic junction near Pul Prahladpur police station when it found itself stuck in traffic.

“Suddenly, one man opened the rear door of our vehicle and crawled through to reach the bag that I had kept between my legs. When I tried to take him on, he tried to strangulate me so that I may loosen my grip on the bag,” Ramesh said.

It was at the moment that the guard, carrying a loaded, double-barrel gun, lunged towards the suspected robber. “I held his neck in my grip and we got into a scuffle. Suddenly I heard a loud sound. My gun had gone off accidentally. The man fell out of the vehicle,” Shukla claimed.

Ramesh, meanwhile, feared more robbers could be coming their way. “I asked the driver to speed away. Once we were at a safe distance, I called the police,” Ramesh said.

When the police checked the crime spot, they found chilli powder strewn on the floor of the vehicle.

Police rushed the injured man, who was shot in the neck, to AIIMS trauma centre where he was declared brought dead. With no identity proof on him, the police are trying to use contacts from his mobile phone to identify him.

Police said they are probing if the suspect was operating alone or with accomplices. Police are also probing the role of the cash van driver and other persons who knew about the money being transferred.

First Published: May 11, 2019 04:38 IST