Staff Reporter

The police say the looted property is over 250 gm though an assessment will be made later

TIRUCHI: A gang looted a jewellery shop on Big Bazaar Street after opening fire and injuring the owner and his son on Tuesday.

The police have formed three special teams and launched a manhunt.

According to police sources, a five-member gang came to the shop located on the first floor in two motorcycles around 2.30 p.m. While two of them waited at the basement, three men, armed with knives and a country-made gun, went inside the air-conditioned shop. When they wanted a bracelet, they were told that it was not available when one of them allegedly brandished a knife threatening the shop owner to part with the jewellery. He allegedly stabbed Ayyappan in the stomach. When his son Balaji intervened, one of them reportedly opened fire but the bullet hit the wall.

As the shop was air-conditioned, neither the gunshot nor the scream could be heard outside. In the scuffle, Balaji and the three robbers rolled down the stairs.

The robbers managed to escape from the scene, as their accomplices, who were waiting outside, kept the motorcycles ready. The jewellery shop owner, Ayyappan, who was stabbed, and his son Balaji who was injured in the melee, have been admitted to a private hospital here. A team of top officials including Inspector General of Police, Central Zone, M.S. Jaffar Sait, and Commissioner of Police, Sunil Kumar Singh, visited the spot, and conducted enquiries. The police said the looted property was over 250 gm though an assessment would be made later to arrive at the exact quantum.

A sniffer dog was brought to the scene to track the route taken by the robbers. Services of finger print experts and scientific assistants were utilised.

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