Petrol pump owner robbed of over ₹27 lakh at gunpoint

Incident took place at Sultanpuri; accused not identified yet

A 59-year-old petrol pump owner was allegedly robbed of ₹27.8 lakh at gunpoint by unidentified men in outer Delhi’s Sultanpuri on Monday, the police said. The accused are yet to be identified.

The incident took place around 12.45 p.m. Investigation has revealed that the victim, Anil Sharma, who owns a petrol pump in Rohini Sector 23, had gone to the bank to deposit the cash collected over the weekend at the time of the incident.

He was accompanied by the pump’s caretaker when they were targeted by the accused, a senior police officer said.

Mr. Sharma said when he reached the bank in the afternoon and got down from his car, an unidentified man approached him. The accused kept a hand on his shoulder. Even as Mr. Sharma failed to recognise him, two more unknown persons joined him.

One of them then pulled out a pistol, while the two others tried to snatch the bag filled with cash from the victim, said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) R.S. Sagar.

When the victim resisted, the accused, who had the pistol, threatened to pull the trigger. The two others then pushed the victim and fled the spot with the bag containing the cash, he said.

The accused then ran to their vehicle, which they had parked merely 50 m away from the spot and fled.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sharma and his caretaker Abid tried to chase the accused in their car but lost them due to heavy traffic, the police said.

CCTV footage

A case has been registered at Sultanpuri police station and the matter is being probed, the police said.

The police suspect the involvement of more people in the robbery. CCTV footage of the incident is being analysed to ascertain the sequence of events.

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