Robber arrested, another flees after shootout with cops near Vasundhara
Around 1pm on Friday, Kamalu and Bhoora snatched a single-barrel gun from Nathu Ram, a guard who is posted at the Mukut Banquet Hall in Vasundhara’s sector 13, Ghaziabad.Updated: Oct 06, 2017 23:53 IST
The Ghaziabad police, on Friday, arrested an armed robber after a shootout near Vasundhara culvert in broad daylight; his accomplice fled. The two bike-borne men had stolen a gun from a private security guard at a banquet hall and planned to use it for another robbery in Indirapuram.
“The injured man has been identified as Kamaluddin alias Kamalu who is from Bamheta village. Nearly a a dozen cases of robbery and other crimes are registered against him. Kamalu’s accomplice who fled has been identified as Bhoora; he is also from the same village. Bhoora is also a known criminal and has many cases of robbery against him,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).
Kamalu, who sustained a gunshot wound to his leg, was admitted to a nearby hospital by the police. He was lodged in jail until recently and was released this Eid, police said. “We are trying to ascertain more about their criminal past from different police stations,” Tomar said.
Around 1pm on Friday, Kamalu and Bhoora snatched a single-barrel gun from Nathu Ram, a guard who is posted at the Mukut Banquet Hall in Vasundhara’s sector 13, Ghaziabad.
“My back was towards the bike-borne robbers. The pillion pulled my gun that I had tucked into my belt. They tried to speed away but I held on to the barrel. I was dragged for nearly 50 feet when they tried to flee,” Nathu Ram said.
“When they saw me holding on to the gun, the pillion rider pulled a pistol and fired two direct shots at me; thankfully, he missed. Sensing threat to my life I let of the gun,” he said, adding that he immediately reported the matter to his manager and other members of the staff. “They alerted the police from nearby Vausndhara police post,” Nathu Ram said.
Police was quick to respond and spotted the two men near the culvert of sectors 3 and 4 in Vasundhara, near the under-construction Hindon elevated road that runs parallel to the Hindon canal.
According to police sources, nearly 5-6 rounds of fire were exchanged between the two criminals and the police teams.
A bullet hit Kamalu’s leg and he fell down, while Bhoora sped past through the bushes near the canal, police sources said.
The police recovered the stolen gun and six live cartridges from Kamalu’s possession.
“The accused also fired a shot at the police teams using the guard’s single-barrel gun. We have also recovered several other illegal arms from his possession. The bike was also recovered,” a police officer from Indirapuram circle said.
First Published: Oct 06, 2017 23:53 IST