An armed robbery attempt was foiled in Sector 10 here by a vigilant family. The robber also contributed to his arrest by hiding in the washroom.
The accused has been identified as Suryakant,a resident of Kanauj,Uttar Pradesh.
Suryakant was found in possession of a country-made pistol along with a bag which had a knife inside. Police also recovered a live bullet from the bathroom,where he was hiding,and his cell phone from inside the flush.
It all started when on Wednesday morning,around 11 am,Prabha Thakur and her daughter Vaishali,21,were selling old newspapers to a scrap vendor at the main gate of their residence. As they were about to enter the house,a man with his face covered by a handkerchief,placed a gun on Vaishalis neck from the back and asked for money. The girl and her mother panicked and ran inside,pushing away the robber.
In the meantime,Prabhas son,Shivam (14),who was taking a shower,heard her mother screaming and sensed trouble. He quickly slipped into shorts,jumped over the wall and informed the landlord and neighbours,who gathered outside the house immediately. Two policemen,in plain clothes,also rushed to the spot.
Minutes later,another police team,with Sector 5,Station Head Officer (SHO),Nupur Bishnoi,reached.
Scared,the robber hid inside the bathroom and bolted the door. While the police tried to force him out of the bathroom,he fired into the ceiling.
The robber said he came alone without a vehicle. Further investigations are going on, said Bishnoi.
The house is rented by Ajay Thakur and his family. Thakur,an employee of State Bank of Patiala,is posted at Barwala and was not at home when the incident occurred. He rushed home,with another colleague,as soon as he learnt about it. The eldest daughter was also away at work during the attempted robbery.
I am a common man and have no enmity with anybody, said Ajay.
The mother-daughter duo were too terrified to talk.