NEW DELHI: In a first-of-its-kind heist, a masked duo stole Rs 12 lakh after stabbing a staffer in the control room of the highly-secure Rajendra Place metro station in the national capital Monday morning.
At 5.15 am, two men entered the control room through gate number 2. They went through a security check unhindered and entered the paid area, following which they went to platform number two.
“Thereafter, they forcibly entered the station control room on the pretext of filing a complaint and grabbed the Station Controller, Kunal Kishore, who was on duty. They stabbed him and took away station earnings of around Rs 12 lakh,” said a police officer.
Strangely, the men walked out of metro station at 5.34 am through gate number one past Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials, who have been entrusted with the security of metro stations. When a fellow staffer heard Kishore shouting for help, CISF officials sprung to action. Kishore, who was stabbed in his abdomen, arms and head, was rushed to Ganga Ram hospital. His condition was stable.
Joint Commissioner of Police M K Meena said a case had been registered and a special team had been formed to nab the culprits. He also said a three-inch-long knife had been recovered from the spot.
CISF officials claimed the men were frisked and ‘clean’. “Nobody raised an alarm after the incident. It was a security official who saw the wounded man and enquired about the matter,” said a CISF official.
As the looters had known about the cash in the control room and how to get there, police suspected the role of insiders in the crime. The police have not given clean chit to Kishore and they are waiting for him to recover before they can question him in detail.
Police said that their investigation so far had pointed the movement of the two suspects to Kaushambi in Ghaziabad, but were yet to identify the suspects.