| SSP Manu Maharaaj inspects the car on Monday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Armed robbers looted a little over Rs 26 lakh belonging to a private dairy firm after shooting at one of its employees in Dariapur on Monday.
Eyewitnesses said the gang hurled bombs to scare away local traders, who managed to nab three of them. Bihari (35), the injured employee, was admitted to a private nursing home.
The second incident of cash loot in the capital in the past 24 hours exposed the lax security, especially in the business hub. On Sunday, three motorcycle-borne criminals had robbed a fish trader, Anoj Kumar, of Rs 8 lakh near New Rampur under the jurisdiction of Bahadurpur police station in Patna City.
Sources said Monday’s incident took place when Shyam Nandan Singh, the manager of Anuj Dairy Private Limited, was going to deposit the money in the State Bank of India’s main branch near Gandhi Maidan in a car being driven by Bihari. The car had hardly reached Brahmasthan, 200m from the dairy office, when eight youths waylaid them at gunpoint.
One of the youths opened fire, injuring the driver’s right hand. Apprehending trouble, the manager fled the spot, leaving the bag containing the money in the vehicle. The robbers took it away and ran towards Macchuatoli, firing indiscriminately and exploding bombs to shake off chasing shopkeepers. But they managed to nab and thrash three of the robbers. However, their five associates managed to escape with the booty. “The police reached the spot half-an-hour late,” said a local shopkeeper.
Residents blocked the road, disrupting traffic and demanding action against the cops, whose laxity allowed the robbers to flee with the cash. However, the blockade was lifted after the intervention of senior police officers.
Prince Ranjan, the son of Satyendra Singh, one of the managing directors of the firm, said the two employees left their office-cum-residence around 11.30am as usual. “The money is deposited in the bank every two to three days. But we heard the gunshot and bomb explosions within five minutes of the car’s departure. We came to know about the incident later,” he said.
The police recovered three live bombs wrapped in black bags, two pistols and five live cartridges from the spot. The three suspects have been identified as Raj Kumar, Lalan and Mohammad Zafar.