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Protests follow robbery-murder in E Delhi

Relatives and friends of the victims of Wednesday’s robbery in Shastri Garden area of East Delhi — in which a man was shot dead and his brother injured — took to the streets to protest the attack.

Written by Sahim Salim | New Delhi | Published: February 19, 2010 12:57 am

Relatives and friends of the victims of Wednesday’s robbery in Shastri Garden area of East Delhi — in which a man was shot dead and his brother injured — took to the streets to protest the attack.

Anil (38) and Sunil Rastogi (35),who ran a jewellery shop in the area,were shot at by unidentified robbers in their shop in the crowded gali number 8 at 5.30 pm on Wednesday. Sunil died on the spot after he was shot thrice,while Anil was injured. The assailants fled the spot with a bag containing gold jewellery worth Rs 50 lakh.

After Sunil’s body was handed over to his relatives around 1 pm,they went to the police station with the body,put it on the Station House Officer’s gypsy and raised slogans against the Delhi Police. They continued for about two hours before senior police officials arrived at the spot and pacified them.

Anil has,meanwhile,told the police the assailants opened fire at him and his brother after he raised an alarm.

The police initially suspected both the brothers had gone to the market and were followed by the assailants back to the shop,where the incident took place. In his statement to the police,Anil said only he had gone to the market,while his brother Sunil was inside the shop all the while.

“Anil informed us that when he went back to the shop,he found Sunil sitting at the counter with two strangers. He became suspicious and looked inside the shop to find two others ransacking the gold. He then raised an alarm,which is when the robbers opened fire. Sunil,who was closer to the assailants,was fatally shot on his head,back and stomach,and died on the spot,” a senior police official said.

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