Wakad, 9th February 2024: Five men, three of whom were armed with dangerous weapons—a firearm, a billhook, and a knife—robbed a pharmacist of Rs 46,000 as he was closing his shop near Kalate Garden in Wakad on Wednesday evening.
The Wakad police station, Pimpri Chinchwad police, has registered a case under Section 395 (dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code following a complaint filed by the 44-year-old pharmacist. The complainant, a resident of Wanowrie, operates a wholesale medicine shop in Wakad alongside his wife.
According to police, the incident occurred around 7.30 pm on Wednesday when the pharmacist closed the shop and secured the day’s earnings in a bag.
As per the complaint, the pharmacist’s wife headed towards their car, while he walked towards his scooter after shuttering the shop. It was at this moment that a man, approximately 25 years old, approached him and requested a minute of his time. Suddenly, the individual brandished a firearm, threatening the pharmacist to surrender the bag, as per the police officer.
In a courageous attempt to resist the robbery, the pharmacist, armed with a handle used for lowering the shutter, tried to confront the gun-wielding assailant. However, the situation escalated when four more men arrived at the scene on two motorcycles. One of them wielded a billhook, while another brandished a knife. The gang menacingly threatened the victim and successfully snatched the bag containing Rs 46,000.
Following the incident, the victim reported the robbery at the police station, where he lodged a detailed complaint. The police are investigating the case and have obtained CCTV footage from the vicinity to aid in their inquiry.
The audacious robbery has raised concerns about the safety and security of businesses in the Wakad area.