Chain snatchers open fire, three hurt

North-east Delhi was once again in a state of shock when two armed assailants allegedly tried to snatch a chain from a woman in Rohtas Nagar Market area in broad daylight. The two unknown assailants also fired 12 rounds in the market as the guard of Muthoot Fincorp tried to stop them by firing a round in air with his licensed rifle.

The incident took place at around 2 pm in the crowded Rohtas Nagar market in front of Muthoot Fincorp office.

Mamta, the victim, and her mother-in-law were passing through the market in a rickshaw. Two unknown assailants came on a motorcycle from behind and allegedly tried to snatch Mamta’s chain, causing the rickshaw to topple in the process. Both the victim and her relative fell on the ground. People gathered around them and the accused. The assailants, on seeing that they were surrounded by people, started firing indiscriminately.

‘I was standing in a corner and saw everything. The assailants fired 12 rounds of bullets. People started running in panic and nobody helped the woman,’ said Danish a 13-year-old who witnessed the incident while returning home from his school in Rohtas Nagar.

The security guard of Muthoot fincorp, who also saw the whole incident, fired a single round of bullet from his licensed rifle in air. The assailants seeing this fled the spot.

Three people, including the victim Mamta, a rickshaw puller and a local resident were injured in the firing. The victim had multiple injuries in her head and was rushed to the GTB hospital by the police. The other two injured were also taken to the hospital and are under the supervision of the doctors.

‘We found only one empty bullet case and believe that only one round was fired by the assailants. A case is registered and we have started our investigation.’ said Yasendar Singh, sub-inspector (IO).

However, the eye witnesses told Millennium Post that about 12 rounds were fired by the assailants and one round was fired by the security guard. They also told that four assailants were involved in the crime.

This is the third such incident in north-east Delhi in the recent past. Earlier also there has been incidents of snatching by unknown assailants. In Durgapuri recently, a chain was snatched by an unidentified man and Rs 20 lakh were stolen from Bhajanpura the other day.

‘We are in a state of shock and believe that daylight robbery and snatching is increasing in this area. Police should do something to stop such activities. Everyone in this locality is afraid and are living in a state of terror,’ said a resident of Rohtas Nagar.
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