City jeweller looted, shot dead
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A city jeweller was allegedly looted and shot dead by two assailants at Bhuyangdev Crossroads here late on Wednesday night. The assailants snatched a bag of jewellery which the victim was carrying.
The jeweller, identified as Prakash Vagadiya who owns Balkrishna Jewels at Bhuyangdev Crossroads, was going to drop his brother at Ghatlodia when the incident happened. He was a resident of Memnagar area.
The Ghatlodia police, which rushed to the spot, said Vagadiya was carrying a bag full of jewellery. The estimtion of the same is still not clear but is expected to be at least above Rs 10 lakh. The jewellery of gold, silver and diamond accesories was to be taken home and brought back to the shop for a client.
However, when Prakash and his brother left for their home , two unidentified men on a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle followed them. When they reached Bhuyangdev Crossroads, the assailans tried to snatch the bag, butPrakash resisted the attempt.
Ghatlodia Inspector P D Parmar said, "Prakash tried to resist and pulled the bag towards him. When the robbers sensed he is trying to escape while his brother tried to drive away fast, they pulled out a revolver and shot two rounds at him. Prakash fell on the road along with his brother. The assailants snatched the bag from him and fled from the spot".
The incident left several persons in the vicnity shocked who raised an alarm and called police control room. Prakash's brother got injured. The police and emergency services along with Prakash's family rushed him to Sola Civil Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.
The police will record statements of Prakash's brother and his family members to probe reasons behind the incident.
A sketch of the assailants would be prepared with the help of Prakash's brother.