‘Robber’ on the run from police lynched by villagers in Hapurnoida Updated: Jun 20, 2017 23:53 IST
Villagers nabbed two of the three men the police were chasing and thrashed them. One of them succumbed to injuries.(HT Photo)
The villagers of Shyampur Dadayra in Hapur chased three alleged robbers and lynched one of them late on Monday night in Hapur district. The three had fled on a bike after allegedly looting Rs4.56 lakh in cash from a substation and were chased by the police for around 25km.
By Monday night, the police had cornered the robbers in the village’s sugarcane fields when agitated villagers nabbed two of them and severely beat them up. One of them succumbed to his injuries.
It all started around 2pm on Monday when the three men allegedly held the staff at the Delhi Road substation on gunpoint and escaped with over Rs4 lakh in cash.
After the police was informed, a patrol bike spotted the Apache bike the men were riding. They started to chase the men and also informed police officials as the three fled towards Dhanaura Road.
“Major reinforcement was received from police stations and they cornered the robbers in the fields of Shyampur where the men opened fire on the police. However, they were cornered after a combing operation that lasted around two hours. Two of them were finally traced, but agitated locals entered the fields and severely beat them up. The two men were rushed to the hospital where one succumbed to his injuries. We also recovered all the cash that was looted,” said Hemant Kutiyal, superintendent of police (SP), Hapur.
Police said that the condition of the second man was stable. A combing operation to trace the third robber was also launched late Monday night but he managed to escape.
“The three had come from Bulandshahr and have around a dozen cases of robberies against them in Bulandshahr, Hapur and Ghaziabad. They also have a case of murder. The two who were arrested were repeatedly trying to hide their identities. The deceased was identified as Iqbal but had said that his name was Rahul Malik. The robbers were chased for around 25km from the incident site and finally tracked,” the SP said.
As soon as the information of robbers fleeing with cash was flashed, the Hapur police sealed all the borders of the district, affecting traffic on Hapur-Delhi Road. The police also recovered the Apache bike used during the crime. Officials said it was a stolen bike with a fake number plate.
First Published: Jun 20, 2017 23:53 IST