Jeweller looted of Rs 6L silver at gunpoint
A day after two dealers were looted of their gold in broad daylight on the Eastern Express Highway, a similar incident with the same modus operandi transpired yesterday
Five unknown people robbed a 28-year-old jeweller of Rs 6-lakh worth silver ornaments on gunpoint at Vikrant Circle, Ghatkopar (E) at 2 pm, while he was travelling in his car.
The victim, Mangal Om Prakash Lodha, was returning to his Ghatkopar residence from Navi Mumbai when he was looted. An employee at his shop and his younger brother were with him in the vehicle when the incident took place.
According to the police, every Sunday Mangal travelled to Navi Mumbai to conduct business, but this time he took along his sibling and the employee.
Lodha told the police, “The accused’s car tried to obstruct our vehicle twice on the highway. In order to find out what they wanted, I asked my employee to stop our car. Three people then got of the car and placed a chopper at the necks of the occupants on the front seat, while they placed a gun at my head. I was seated in the back seat.”
Terrified by the brazen attack, Lodha told the accused that the valuables were kept in the boot of the car. The robbers took the bag containing the ornaments and fled on a bike, while the other three drove away in their car. They also fired two shots in the air to disperse the crowd that had gathered on seeing the commotion. Police later found Lodha’s stolen bag abandoned near Shreyas Cinema in Ghatkopar (W).
“We have managed to get the licence plate number of the accused’s car after scanning CCTV cameras from the vicinity, and are on the look out for the accused,” said a police officer from Pant Nagar Police Station.
On Saturday a gang of five looted two men of 1.4 kg gold worth Rs 45 lakh on the Eastern Express Highway. The police said the accused had robbed the men at gunpoint.