A four-member gang robbed a plainclothes police officer and his friend after firing two shots with what appeared to be a country-made pistol and stabbing the officer’s friend on Rhenius Street early on Saturday, police said. Subsequent inquiries revealed that the pistol had dummy rounds
The injured man, Haridasalu (36), an employee of Royal Bank of Scotland and a friend of the police officer Girish, has been admitted to Mallya Hospital, where he is being treated for a gash on his left thigh.
Mr. Girish, a sub-inspector with High Grounds station, is also working as an officer on other duty (OOD) in the office of the Deputy Commissioner (Central) at Cubbon Park. According to the complaint lodged with the Ashoknagar station, SI Girish and Haridasalu, were returning after dinner when their car was intercepted by a motorcyclist on Rhenius Street near Richmond Park after midnight. The assailant picked up a quarrel with Girish accusing him of rash driving. His three other accomplices soon joined him and told them to part with their valuables.
The police officer, in his complaint, said one of them whipped out a crude weapon and fired two rounds forcing them to hand over their valuables, including Rs. 9,000 in cash and two mobile phones. In the melee, Haridasalu was stabbed in the thigh. The alleged robbers fled away and the police officer shifted his injured friend to a nearby hospital. He was later brought to Mallya Hospital.
Ashoknagar police said they were examining the footage of a CCTV surveillance camera installed at Rhenius Circle. The police officer did not identify himself during the attack, the investigators said. The Forensic Science Laboratory officials are expected to submit a report soon.
According to Mallya Hospital medical superintendent Kanchan Sanyal, Haridasalu’s condition is stable and he is in the surgical intensive care unit.