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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Rs 3L robbed at gunpoint in Sec 27

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 27

In a daylight robbery, two miscreants looted Rs3 lakh at gunpoint from the owner of a Western Union Money Exchange branch in Sector 27 this afternoon.

Complainant Sanjiv Kalia, a resident of Raipur Khurd, said he had returned to his office after withdrawing Rs2.80 lakh from a bank.

The suspects seen in CCTV footage. Manoj Mahajan

Kalia kept the money in a drawer and went to a washroom in the market. "When I returned to my office, two persons, one of them wearing a mask and a cap and the other a helmet, entered my office and threatened me," he said. One of them had a pistol in his hand and the other a saw.

Kalia claimed that initially he assumed that they must be his friends. However, when he noticed one of them holding a saw, he realised that they had come with the intention of robbing him. The robbers asked the victim to show all drawers where money was kept.

They took around Rs3 lakh, including the money he had withdrawn from the bank. They also took away the victim's purse.

The robbers then asked for a bag following which the victim gave them a laptop bag. They kept the money in the bag and escaped from the spot. "While one of them left with the money, the other, who was holding the gun, left afterwards," Kalia said.

Kalia rushed outside his office and informed nearby shopkeepers. The robbers arrived at the complainant's office around 2.10 pm and the police got information at 2.12 pm. The police visited the spot and scrutinised the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. Employees of a shop next to the complainant's office saw the two suspects going towards the Sector 19/27 light point.

Sources said the duo had arrived on a motorcycle, which was parked at some distance, and they were talking in Punjabi. The victim had withdrawn money from a bank in Sector 27 to make payments to clients. The police have registered a case at the Sector 26 police station.

Police left red-faced

The daylight gunpoint robbery has left the UT police red-faced. The incident has defied police claims of having stepped up patrolling in the city and has left residents shocked.

Robbers seen in CCTV footage

The footage of CCTV cameras installed in the market shows the robbers walking through the corridor after committing the crime.

Were speaking in Punjabi

Sources said the duo had arrived on a motorcycle, which was parked at some distance, and they were talking in Punjabi.

from The Tribune

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