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Jeweller shot dead in Chaupatian

PANIC GRIPPED a choc-a-bloc Chaupatian market when three motorcycle-borne youths pumped three bullets into a jeweller and robbed jewellery worth lakhs in Chowk late Friday evening. The robbers escaped with the booty even as the local residents and shopkeepers were unable to muster courage to rescue the victim. Fifteen minutes after being taken to the KGMU Trauma Centre, the victim succumbed to his injuries.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 00:35 IST

PANIC GRIPPED a choc-a-bloc Chaupatian market when three motorcycle-borne youths pumped three bullets into a jeweller and robbed jewellery worth lakhs in Chowk late Friday evening. The robbers escaped with the booty even as the local residents and shopkeepers were unable to muster courage to rescue the victim. Fifteen minutes after being taken to the KGMU Trauma Centre, the victim succumbed to his injuries.

CO, Chowk, Rajesh Sahni, told HT Lucknow Live that the police were still trying to confirm if the victim was carrying jewellery with him or the motive for the attack was something else.

It was around 7.50 pm when the victim, Satpal Rastogi, 60, of Sarai Mali Khan, Thakurganj, was on his way home after closing his shop, when he was attacked. Rastogi, a retired State Bank of India employee, had a jewellery shop in Chaupatian market.

Rastogi was walking home when a motorcycle screeched to a halt close to him near Dileram Baradari in Chuaptian. Three youths were riding the mobike. Before Rastogi could have gauged their intention, two of the youths pounced upon him trying to snatch the bag of jewellery he was carrying. Eyewitnesses said a scuffle ensued when Rastogi engaged in a scuffle.

Despite all efforts applied by the youths, they failed to snatch the bag from Rastogi. On seeing people gathering around, one of the youths whipped out a pistol and emptied the magazine at Rastogi. The victim suffered three bullet injuries in his chest and abdomen and fell to the ground bleeding profusely.

The assailants later, collected the bag and sped away. The onlookers did not stop the robbers but did rush the injured Rastogi to the KGMU. Rastogi, however, was declared dead before the doctors could have administered any medicine to him. The cops reached the spot after half-an-hour of the incident.

Talking to HT Lucknow Live, CO Chowk Sahni said neighbourhood shopkeepers said Rastogi was not an affluent jeweller as he owned a very small shop and the bag he carried with him daily hardly contained any jewellery.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 00:35 IST