Mumbai : Six bullets were fired in an early morning robbery at Zaveri Bazar on Thursday. One of the bullets hit a victim in his palm. Five of the robbers fled with Rs 1.30 lakh but the sixth man was overpowered by the staffers of the money-lending firm they looted.   

The police said that four employees of Poornima Angadia at Gulalwadi were waylaid outside the office of the money-lender in Kika Street. The four men were carrying bags of cash to their office on the ground floor of the building at 7 am. It is a crowded area but the place had yet to come to life.

 When they resisted, the desperadoes fired three shots in the air and then three shots at the victims. The robbers then fled in an Innova car. Eyewitnesses said that Sutaji Prajapati (45) was shot in his palm.

One of the robbers, Mohammed Pathan (45), was caught in the ensuing scuffle.

“We have formed three teams,” said Senior Inspector Rajendra Chavan of VP Road police station.

The police were trying to retrieve CCTV footage from the cameras fitted in the nearby shops, but a shopkeeper told FPJ that most of the shops switch the cameras off when they are done for the day.

Pathan is a habitual criminal who has 17 cases filed against him, including one in Delhi. In March, 2005, he was caught for a similar crime by VP Road police when he was accused of looting Rs 5, 27000.

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