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Robbers open fire, loot Rs 5 lakh from Amritsar power sub-station

The loot comes a month after three armed men had taken away gold worth Rs 33 lakh from a goldsmith’s shop after opening fire at a worker at Guru Bazar

punjab Updated: Jun 11, 2018 21:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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Police personnel investigating at Kukran Wala power-sub station from where two armed men looted Rs 5 lakh cash after opening fire near Rajasansi in Amritsar on Monday. (HT Photo)

Two bike-borne armed men, with their covered faces, looted around Rs 5 lakh from Kukran Wala power sub-station, 17 km from the district headquarters, on Monday afternoon. The robbers also fired some shots in the air.

The loot comes a month after three armed men had taken away gold worth Rs 33 lakh from a goldsmith’s shop after opening fire at a worker at Guru Bazar here.

The latest incident took place at 2:30pm. The power sub-station also houses a police post.

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) cashier Lakhwinder Singh said: “I was counting cash when two men, in their 20s, who had covered their faces covered, opened fire outside my office and barged in. They put a gun to my head and took away Rs 4,86,603.”

PSPCL sub-division officer (SDO) Avtar Singh, whose office is also in the complex, said as soon as he heard a gunshot, rushed out. “I saw two armed men coming out of the cashier’s office. I tried to stop them but one of them opened fire at me. I had a narrow escape,” he said.

He alleged that the cops present at the post did not do anything to stop the robbers. “They (cops) were mute spectators, as a result the robbers could easily escape after committing the crime,” said the SDO.

Later, Majitha deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Hardev Singh Boparai and station house officer (SHO) of Rajasansi Sukhjinder Singh reached the spot and started investigation.

The SHO said two policemen tried to chase the robbers but they sped away on a motorbike. “The policemen also requested some passers-by to give their bikes to chase the robbers but no one agreed to it. Later, the robbers’ bike was recovered from Jagdev Kalan village,” said the SHO.

“We are examining the footage of the closed circuit televisions (CCTV) cameras in the area. A case will be registered on the complaint of the PSPCL employees,” he added.

First Published: Jun 11, 2018 21:37 IST