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Man shot at in robbery at Panchkula’s industrial area, Rs 2 lakh looted

Victim, an accountant, had withdrawn cash from bank; attacked by two car-borne men when he returned to office.

punjab Updated: Aug 12, 2017 15:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Panchkula robbery,industrial area,Rs 2 lakh looted
CCTV footage shows the car used in the crime.

Chandigarh An accountant working with a private firm was injured after two robbers shot at him before fleeing with Rs 2 lakh that he was carrying at the Industrial Area, Phase 2, Panchkula, on Friday afternoon.

Victim Rakesh Tiwari, 25, had returned to office — Shreem Electrics Pvt Ltd — after withdrawing the money from two branches of HDFC bank in Sectors 7 and 8, when the robbers struck there around 1:40pm.

“The moment he entered the office after parking his bike, two men in a white Maruti Alto car stopped outside the office gate,” said Somvir Varak, a senior executive at the firm.“One of them, in his late 20s, entered the office and attacked Rakesh from the rear.”

The assailant allegedly tried to snatch the bag containing the cash and dragged Rakesh towards the gate as he did not let go of it. “When we rushed out, the other man, who was sitting on the driver’s seat, got out of the car and fired two shots at Rakesh,” said Varak.The other man, who seemed to be in his late 40s, was wearing a turban and had a light beard, he said.

A forensic team collecting samples, in Panchkula on Friday. (HT Photo)

Firm employee tried to stop robbers

After Rakesh fell on the floor as one of the bullets hit him in his right arm, the duo ran towards the car with the bag.

“I hit a helmet at the car, and then broke its rear windowpane with a blow on it. I also hit one of the robbers with helmet, but they managed to flee,” said Varak.One of the CCTV cameras installed at a neighbouring factory has captured the car used in the crime with a white helmet stuck in the rear window. The entire crime unfolded within 15 minutes.

“We kept on calling the police control room (PCR) number 100, but no one answered,” alleged Varak. “It was only after one of the colleagues reached the police station that the cops started arriving.”

Victim Rakesh Tiwari at a private hospital in Panchkula on Friday. (Sant Arora/HT)

Police working on CCTV, other leads

Senior police officers, including commissioner and deputy commissioner of police (DCP), reached the spot within half an hour and started the probe.

“We have got some leads in the case and are working on them,” said Panchkula DCP Ashok Kumar. “We are hopeful of solving the case soon.” Even as the police retrieved the crucial CCTV footage, they could not find any traces of the bullets fired.

“We have collected the dried blood stains and broken windowpane of the car,” said senior scientific officer Riti Saini.“We have been told that the shots were fired from the gate. So there must be some ballistic material, which we haven’t been able to find yet.” The samples will be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Karnal. The report is expected in a month.

Meanwhile, the police have registered a case under Section 394 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Arms Act. The condition of Rakesh, who was rushed to a private hospital, is stated to be stable. He had joined the firm around five months back.

First Published: Aug 12, 2017 15:07 IST