Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rs 1 crore looted from Noida property dealer

Armed car-borne miscreants shot at and looted Rs 1 crore from a property dealer in Noida on Tuesday afternoon in supposedly the biggest
on-road loot from an individual in the state. The victim has been admitted to Kailash Hospital in Noida where his condition is stated to be stable.

Till now all the robberies of over Rs 1 crore had either taken place within a premises like that of a bank or an office or the money was collected from a number of people. This is the first time that the money belonged to an individual moving on the road.
The police, however, suspected that the victim was infact carrying Rs 1 crore and even questioned him and the six persons accompanying him. Later, the victim showed them documents of the bank from where the money was withdrawn on Monday to buttress his claim.

The incident took place around 1 pm on Tuesday when a property dealer, Chatar Singh, of Vilaspur locality in Noida was on way to the office of the district registrar with six others for a land deal. Those accompanying him included the party whose property was to be purchased by Chatar.

Chatar’s Scorpio had barely reached Usmanpur village when an Esteem intercepted his SUV and even before he could understand what was happening, a group of armed men jumped out of the car. While two of them covered the occupants of the SUV from two sides, two others walked up to the seat where Chatar was sitting and tried to snatch the bag containing the money. When Chatar resisted, one of them opened fire at point blank range.

Chatar took the bullet on his hand and loosened the grip on the bag. The miscreants then took the bag and sped away in their car. The whole operation lasted barely a minute.

Chatar later told the police that those accompanying him in the SUV included his brother and some distant relatives who had offered to sell their property to him.

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