Highway robbers intercepted jewellers of Rajkot city near Wondh village on National Highway 8A in Bhachau taluka of Kutch and allegedly ran away with 2.5 kg gold ornaments worth Rs 72 lakh late on Thursday night. Kutch east police said that Harshad Adesara, his brother Mathur and cousin brother Arun were on their way back to Rajkot from Gandhidham town of Kutch when they encountered the robbers. The jewellers were returning to home after selling gold ornaments in Gandhidham, Adipur and Anjar when they were robbed by four men in a grey Swift car.
“The robbers, who were stalking the jewellers pushed the jewellers’ car on the edge of the road and forced them to stop near Wondh village by pretending to overtake them. The four men came out of the swift car, smashed windscreen of the jeweller’s car with baseball bat and started abusing the Adesara brothers. As the jewellers resisted, they hit them in head with the baseball bat, fired one round in the air from pistol, snatched away the bag containing ornaments and then sped away in their car which did not bear any vehicle registration number,” Bhachau police inspector Vishnudan Gadhvi said on Friday.
Police said the robbery took place at around 9:15 am near the check-post of regional transport office (RTO), some nine kilometres away from Bhachau on NH 8A. The injured jewellers were rushed to Vagad Hospital in Bhachau and police were informed.
“Harshad and Mathur have sustained head injuries. The robbers also fractured right leg of Mathur while also hitting Arun who was driving their WagonR car. They were later shifted to Rajkot for further treatment. Their condition is reported out of danger,” Gadhvi, who is investigating the case further said.
The PI said that police were informed about the incident at about 10 pm. “We soon did nakabandhi at important junctions and also alerted police of neighbouring Morbi, Surendrangar and Patan districts. But substantial time lapsed between the incident and the alert we received. There has been no breakthrough in the probe so far,” added Gadhvi.
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Gadhvi further added that the jewellers, who are residents of Hatkeshwar Chowk near Darbargadh in Rajkot had gone to Kutch to sell ornaments but were returning home without doing much business. Based on a complaint filed by Harshad Adesara, Bhachau police have booked four unidentified men for robbery with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt and under Arms Act. Bhachau police are conducting further