He was targeted by robbers in 2009 when he was on his way to deposit the cash from the UHBVN office, and five years later, he was robbed of Rs 9.50 lakh in another gunpoint robbery at the same location. But, this time, the incident claimed his life.
Anil Kumar Dutt, 37, a cashier in the UHBVN office, was shot dead by a gang of robbers, who looted him of the cash bag containing Rs 9.50 lakh in broad daylight here on Friday. The accused came in a white Swift car, and escaped with the cash.
“It was the same location, same victim, but this time, he lost his life,” said one of the fellow employees, as he recalled the previous incident.
The gunpoint robbery was reported in November 2009 when three robbers looted the cash bag containing Rs 18 lakh from Dutt at gunpoint around 5.45 pm. Dutt was the cashier at that time, and was on his way to deposit the money with the SDO. The accused had come in a Maruti Zen Car, and looted the cash at gunpoint. Dutt escaped unhurt in the incident.
A large number of employees of the HSEB gathered outside the head office of UHBVN, Sector 6, and demanded compensation for his family. “He died while performing his duty. He should be declared a martyr. We want that his family should be given a compensation of Rs 50 lakh, and one of his family members should get a government job,” said Bhagirath Kathait, president, Employees’ Union of the Haryana State Electricity Board.
“We also want that adequate security should be provided to the cashier who has to deposit the cash on a daily basis. We lost our fellow employee; we cannot let this happen to anyone else now. We will stage a protest outside the UHBVN head office to demand compensation for the family,” Kathait said.
Managing director, UHBVN, Nitin Yadav said that Anil’s family would be given compensation as per norms as he was a regular employee. “I have already talked to the police about the steps that can be taken to ensure security, especially in places where transactions are of higher amount. Talks will be held with banks to find some safer ways to transfer cash,” he said.
Dutt is survived by his wife and two children, who live in Ravindra Enclave, Baltana. His body was kept in the mortuary of the General Hospital, Sector 6, and will be handed over to his family after a post-mortem on Saturday.