In a daring daylight robbery, two armed motorcycle-borne assailants escaped with over Rs 19 lakh from a cash van on Friday after shooting one of the bank staff who had come to refill an ATM in West Delhi, said police.
The two assailants approached the cash van of Union Bank of India in Rohini's Sector-24 area around 2 p.m. They distracted the staff on guard by throwing chilli powder on them. By the time the staff could understand the situation, the miscreants snatched the cash bag.
"They also fired gunshots at one of the staff. Security guard Brijesh Singh fired two rounds at them but managed to flee the spot," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Rishi Pal.
The injured one, Naveen, was admitted to a nearby hospital. Naveen is the custodian of the van. "It seems that the robbers have been following the van for some time," added Pal.
"We suspect that the attackers have done a research before striking and hence we are also collecting the CCTV footage from around the area and the route of the van to get some clue," said a senior police officer.
The cops have taken the statements of all those present in the van and are checking the call details to rule out any insider's hand in the incident.
They have also rounded up the history shooters of the area and the gangs with similar modus operandi.
Six teams have been formed to arrest the robbers. Also, closed-circuit television footage from nearby shops has been put under the scanner.
Similar incidents have been recorded in Delhi for the past two years.
In December 2016, a cash van was looted in East Delhi's Pandav Nagar.
In November 2014, bike-borne assailants looted 1.5 crore from a cash van in North Delhi's Kamla Nagar.