Armed miscreants allegedly looted Rs 34 lakh in cash from a motorcycle agency and shot at a customer at Malviya Nagar under Town police station in Gopalganj district on Thursday.
Police investigating the incident, have been working on different theories on whether it was a case of robbery, or the looters had some personal enmity with the owner. Police is also looking for CCTV footage from the agency and nearby cameras to identify the culprits involved.
However, Gopalganj SP Ravi Ranjan Kumar claimed that miscreants looted only Rs 1.11 lakh from the agency. Talking to HT the SP said the agency owner had lodged a complaint of loot of Rs 1.11 lakh.
Agency employees said that the incident took place when four armed men riding two motorcycles barged into the agency and looted two bags containing Rs 34.10 lakh from agency owner Binay Kumar. The agency’s staffers were at the time about to leave for the bank to deposit the cash, said Binay, adding the looters also shot at and grievously injured a customer while decamping.
The injured customer identified as Pintu Yadav of Mirganj, had visited the agency to book a motor bike, a day ahead of his ’tilak’ ceremony. He was rushed to a hospital at Gorakhpur in nearby Uttar Pradesh.
Binay told mediamen that he along with Alok Shukla, Arvind Kumar and other employees gave chase to the miscreants who they fired on the Bolero vehicle causing puncture in one of the tyres.
The loot triggered a protest by locals who blocked NH 28 for hours causing a 10-km traffic jam along the national highway.
North Bihar districts has been witnessing a spate of such crime in recent months, where robbers have indulged in broad daylight dacoities and escaped unchallenged.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times