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Ornaments worth Rs 3.5 crore robbed from jewellery shop in Rohini

delhipaper Updated: Jul 06, 2016, 10:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Four armed robbers barged into a jewellery showroom in Rohini Sector 17 and made way with ornaments worth Rs 3.5 crore around 2 pm on Tuesday.

Police said the shop owner, Harish Shahi, had gone to the local electricity supply office in A-block when the incident took place.

Eyewitnesses told the police that the four men came in a white sedan along with a woman and entered the showroom, armed with country-made pistols.

Three employees, including Shahi’s son, Nikunj, were inside the showroom.“The robbers entered the shop with the woman posing as a customer. As Nikunj stood up to show jewellery to the woman, one of the men took out a pistol and held Nikunj at gunpoint and asked him to open the locker,” a senior police officer said.

“Nikunj tried to pick up his gun kept near the locker but the robbers snatched it from him. One of them hit Nikunj with the pistol butt. The men reportedly fired two rounds in the air to scare the locals, collected the jewellery and escaped in their car,” the officer said.

He said eyewitnesses could not note down the registration number of the car as the plate was damaged. “We have registered a case of robbery,” the officer said.

Sources said that the CCTV cameras installed in the shop were switched off due to an ongoing construction work. “My son managed to escape the bullets fired by the robbers. They smashed the window panes and made way with the jewellery,” Shahi said. The shop was targeted by the robbers last year too, following which the shop owner installed high definition CCTV cameras and got a pistol.

The police have made a list of employees, including the ones who were fired off late. The police have also accessed call detail records of the showroom’s owner and other employees.

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