The robbery at Rajendra Place Metro station Monday could have been an attempt to implicate the Metro official who was on duty there during the incident, according to a senior police officer.
Two men in surgical masks had entered the control room of Rajendra Place Metro station, attacked Metro official Kunal Kishore with a knife and escaped after robbing Rs 12 lakh. Kishore had sustained stab injuries below his chest and on his forehead.
Delhi Police suspect that an acquaintance of Kishore, who was recently involved in a fight with him, had hired two men to carry out the robbery and attack him. On Tuesday, police conducted raids at Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad to look for him.
Police learnt about Kumar’s fight with the suspect while questioning the Metro official’s friends, said sources. “They told investigators that the victim had an altercation with one of his friends, who lives in Vijay Nagar. They said there is a strong possibility that he could be involved in the incident,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Metro, Jitendra Mani. He added that prima facie, it appeared that the suspect wanted to implicate Kishore in the incident.
The suspect has been absconding since the incident and his cellphone was switched off throughout Tuesday, said sources.
Police are also probing the role of Kishore after they found contradictions in his statement, added sources. They said he would also be questioned on why he raised the alarm 20 minutes after the incident.
Police are looking into the possibility of the robbers being assisted by someone on the inside. “They appeared to be aware of the exact location of the CCTV cameras. While they were leaving the Metro station, they kept their faces covered and away from the camera. This indicates that they were well-prepared and knew exactly where the cameras were installed,” said sources.
Kishore has told police that the two men managed to enter the control room after telling him they had a complaint that needed to be addressed.
“He said two people came inside with a complaint and he wanted to resolve it. Kishore said the accused were carrying a knife,” said the DCP. Police are yet to record the complete statement of Kishore, who is recuperating in the hospital.
The official added that investigators were looking into whether the accused had conducted a reconnaissance of the metro station. “They specifically targeted the station control room, not the chamber from where people buy cards and tokens,” he said.
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