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Businessman robbed of Rs eight crore in Lajpat Nagar

Police is checking the CCTV footage of the area to identify the culprits.

New Delhi |
Updated: January 28, 2014 9:10:55 pm
Police said the robbery took place at around 9 AM near Lajpat Nagar Metro Station when the property dealer was on his way to Karol Bagh in a car to deposit cash in a bank. Police said the robbery took place at around 9 AM near Lajpat Nagar Metro Station when the property dealer was on his way to Karol Bagh in a car to deposit cash in a bank.

In a crime pulled off with clinical precision, unidentified armed men on Wednesday robbed a businessman of nearly Rs eight crore in the busy Lajpat Nagar area of South Delhi in broad day light when he was driving to a bank to deposit the money.

The robbery which is probably the largest ever in the national capital in terms of money involved was carried out in a matter of minutes and without a drop of blood being shed. Police said around five to six armed men intercepted property dealer Rakesh Kalra’s Honda City car near Lajpat Nagar Metro station around 9 AM and fled with the vehicle and cash.

Kalra, who is a resident of Kaljaji, was going from his Greater Kailash I office to Karol Bagh to deposit the cash in a bank along with his driver Subodh and three other associates.When their car reached near Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, a silver Wagon R, bearing UP registration number, overtook them and suddenly stopped right in front of his car causing a collision.

Occupants of both the car came out and a heated argument ensued. While they started an altercation, a white Hyundai Verna, bearing Haryana registration number reached the spot. Around three to four persons alighted from the car and trained their guns at Kalra and his associates and held them captive, police said.

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The robbers then fled from the scene in Kalra’s car which had Rs 7.69 crore cash in two bags while the Hyundai Verna followed it. The robbers left their silver Wagon R on the spot. The Hyundai Verna was also found abandoned around a kilometer away from the crime scene in Jungpura area around an hour after the incident. Several hours later, police found theHonda City near Sewa Nagar railway crossing close to Barapullah Flyover with two empty bags.

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