Jewellery showroom staffers fight off bike-borne robbers

Jewellery showroom staffers fight off bike-borne robbers

Employees were on their way to remit Rs 50 lakh in a bank on Kasturba Road

Alert traffic policemen thwarted a bid by two men to rob two employees of a reputed jewellery showroom of a bag containing Rs 50.30 lakh cash on Monday.

The police arrested one suspect, while another managed to flee. The incident took place at 11.30 am at the busy Cubbon Road Junction, police said.

The suspect was identified as Naresh, 24, a resident of Ulsoor, and a manhunt is on to arrest his associate, Commercial Street Police said.

Krishnamurthy C and Rakesh, both employees of Bhima Jewellers, on Dickenson Road, were asked to carry a bag containing Rs 50.30 lakh in cash to deposit the money at Dhanalakshmi Bank on Kasturba Road.

It was a routine task with the showroom management to remit the day’s collection in the bank account, police said.

The duo proceeded with Krishnamurthy riding the bike, while Rakesh riding pillion. They had kept the bag on the footrest.

“Everything was fine till we approached the Cubbon Road Junction,” Naresh said. “Two men on a bike rode through the junction. Within seconds they came in front our of two-wheeler and stopped abruptly at the junction of Main Guard Cross Road and Cubbon Road. The rider was on the bike, while his associate jumped down.”

He rushed towards Krishnamurthy and threw red chilli power into his eyes.

Failed attempt

However, the impact was not as the suspects had anticipated it to be since he was wearing the helmet. Realising its little impact, he took out a dagger and slashed Krishnamurthy’s face. Krishnamurthy put up a brave resistance and pushed him down, Rakesh said.

After being pushed down, the youth laid hands on the bag at the footrest. Krishnamurthy was quick to react and held the bag with his hands.

He kicked the suspect on the abdomen and pushed him down further, he added.  Some road users raised an alarm.

Shivajinagar traffic police station sub-inspector Munichennappa, Dhanraj, a constable and sector in charge and Jai Maruthi, a constable and junction jockey were on duty at Main Guard Cross Road Junction.

On hearing the noise, they rushed to the spot presuming that it was a case of road rage. The rider, noticing the policemen, fled on the bike.

The pillion rider ran across the road in an attempt to escape.However, the policemen chased and overpowered him. Rakesh also sustained injuries in the melee, police said.

Insider’s involvement suspected

Preliminary inquiry has revealed the involvement of an insider in the incident.
One of the employees of the showroom leaked the news of huge sums likely to be carried for remittance on Monday afternoon to the youth, who is absconding currently.

Naresh was having a drink in a bar on Sunday night.

The one who is absconding now, was sitting next to Naresh. Naresh dragged him into a conversation and asked if he was interested in completing a work on Monday which would fetch huge money and he obliged.

The duo chalked out a plan, but failed to execute it, police said. There are definite leads and he would be arrested in a day or two, added the police.