Brothers battle for life,police look at CCTV footage to catch shooters

A day after robbers on a bike shot at two brothers in Bhajanpura,Northeast Delhi,and snatched Rs 26 lakh from them,police on Tuesday said they were finding it difficult to identify the three assailants from the CCTV footage because they were wearing helmets.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 20, 2012 2:17 am

A day after robbers on a bike shot at two brothers in Bhajanpura,Northeast Delhi,and snatched Rs 26 lakh from them,police on Tuesday said they were finding it difficult to identify the three assailants from the CCTV footage because they were wearing helmets.

Police have the CCTV footage from a nearby petrol pump and a nursing home where the incident took place. However,the video was blurry as the robbers were in motion and wearing helmets,police said.

Brothers Pankaj and Dinesh,who run a confectionery and stationery business along with a Vodafone and Aircel agency,were shot at on Monday afternoon when they were on the way to Bank of Baroda. The assailants fired a dozen bullets,hitting Pankaj four times,while Dinesh took two in his abdomen. The robbers fled with the two bags of cash containing Rs 26 lakh,police said.

Pankaj,who underwent surgery to remove the bullets from their bodies,was said to be stable on Tuesday. “His condition is stable. A bullet was lodged in his left arm. It was removed successfully. Dinesh’s condition is serious,” Pankaj’s wife said.

“The police came with some photographs of criminals. But my husband was unable to identify them because they were wearing helmets” she said.

Sources said the robbers fled towards Gokulpuri,where normally put up a picket. However,at the time of the incident,there was no police presence in the area.

Police said the first CCTV footage from the petrol pump on Wazirabad Road showed three men on a motorcycle chasing the brothers around 12.30 pm. The second footage from Mohan Nursing Home,also on the Wazirabad Road,was almost similar,but it showed the person riding pillion in the middle carrying a pistol.

“This was two minutes before they fired at the brothers. We received a PCR call informing us about the incident at 12.35 pm,” a senior police officer said.

Investigating officers on Tuesday questioned at least 18 people,including employees of the two businessmen. “We suspect the role of an insider,though the assailants did their job very professionally. We believe they have been tracking the businessmen for quite some time. They knew that the businessmen would carry a large amount of cash on Monday,” the officer said.

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