Police said two men looted the money at gunpoint from an agent of Home Town store on the ground and upper-ground floors of the mall. Around 1.30 p.m., when the store’s agent Satendra stepped out with Rs.15.40 lakh in a bag, the two men snatched the bag and tried to flee.
When a security guard, Rajesh Mishra, tried to stop them, the robbers fired at him. The gunshot attracted a crowd, which attempted to nab the duo.
As the robbers reached the mall’s exit, autorickshaw driver Mukesh tried to stop them. Despite being shot, he scuffled with the robbers even as the crowd ran up and caught hold of the robbers. The mob beat them up severely before handing them over to police.
“Security guard Rajesh Mishra and autorickshaw driver Mukesh have been admitted to Vinayak Hospital. The robbers, identified as Vikram and Guddu, have been admitted to Kailash Hospital. Two pistols and the entire cash have been recovered from them,” said Superintendent of Police (City) Yogesh Singh.
He added: “They have confessed to their crime and have revealed that Babu, their third accomplice, was waiting outside on a motorcycle. He escaped in the melee. Attempts are being made to arrest him.”