1 acquitted in petrol pump robbery case

The sensational 2006 petrol pump robbery case seems to be falling back on the UT Police with one of the accused being acquitted on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:July 11, 2009 2:53 am

The sensational 2006 petrol pump robbery case seems to be falling back on the UT Police with one of the accused being acquitted on Friday. The other two accused in the case were,however,never arrested and have been declared proclaimed offenders.

Accused Ajay Pal,a resident of Sahanpur village,was acquitted of charges of robbery under Sections 394 and 397 of the IPC and Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act.

The court of Additional District and Sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg acquitted the accused as there was no evidence to nail him and the charges against him were not sufficiently proven by the prosecution.

The case dates back to February 2006 when three persons armed with a country-made pistol and sword assaulted and robbed over Rs 9,000 from three salesmen of the Shiv filling station in Sector 44-D.

The other accused who are absconding are Sohan and Raju,both residents of UP.

According to the prosecution,Uttam Singh and Pardeep Kumar who were on duty at the petrol pump at the time of the incident had sustained injuries in the attack.

Defence counsel Ashok Kumar pleaded that there was no independent witness to support the claim of the prosecution that the petrol pump was looted by Ajay. He also said the police had not shown any recovery of cash that was looted from the petrol pump.

Another reason for the case falling flat in court was that the petrol pump authorities were unable to show the exact sales amount of the day. “They did not know the exact amount of sale on the day when the petrol pump was looted,” said Kumar.

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