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Robbers shoot at boy who tried to help them

- Gang of six on the run fires at student

Alipurduar, June 22: A gang of robbers trying to make an escape from a jewellery shop last night shot at a college student who unknowingly tried to rescue them when their bike skidded on the road.

Bishal Dutta was not aware that the three men he was trying to help were on the run as their robbery bid had gone awry.

Around 8.45pm yesterday, a gang of six robbers tried to loot a jewellery shop in Falakata, about 38km from Alipurduar.

Three men waited outside on a bike and three went into the shop to loot.

According to a source, the six men with their faces covered had gone to a jewellery shop on Netaji Road in Falakata.

The staff in the shop were busy putting the jewellery inside a vault as it was time to down the shutters.

The robbers fired two rounds inside the shop. But instead of scaring the staff, it attracted passersby.

When the thieves inside the shop saw people gathering, they ran out and fled on the two bikes after firing several rounds in the air.

Falakata police station is a stone’s throw away from the shop but no policeman was spotted in the area.

Around 1km from the shop, one of the bikes skidded on NH31 and three of the thieves fell on the road.

Bishal Dutta told Metro last night from the hospital bed in Falakata: “My friend and I were going towards Falakata Chowpathi on my bicycle. I saw three persons lying on the road. Their bike had skidded and they had fallen down. I rushed to help them and one of them fired at me.”

Bishal’s friend was unharmed.

Bishal will undergo surgery on Monday at NBMCH. The surgery could not be conducted on the youth today as the X-ray unit at NBMCH is closed on Sunday.

Rupesh Kumar, the assistant superintendent of police, Alipurduar, said: “We have started an investigation.”

A police source said the CCTV camera in the shop was not working and they could not get any footage.

Sujit Karmakar, the owner of the jewellery shop said: “ This incident has left us shocked and worried.”

The robbers left a 9mm pistol at the shop and the weapon was handed over to the police by the local people.