In the early hours of December 30, police had received a call pertaining to robbery in the Apollo pharmacy here in sector 10 division of Dwarka Sub-city. Earlier that day, a man had entered the pharmacy with his face covered, and produced a prescription slip before the salesman.
When the salesman was retrieving the required drugs from within the store, the accused dropped the shutter of the shop from the inside. He subsequently tied the limbs of the salesman and taped his mouth, after which he allegedly robbed him of money and some medicines.
The accused, a 28 year old man has since been arrested for allegedly robbing the pharmacy at knifepoint. According to the police working on the case, he had previously been employed there for a couple of months.
The accused, Gaurav, had been living in Sagarpur and originally hails from Baraut, said DCP (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse. He had robbed the salesman in the Apollo pharmacy of around 75,000 Rupees and of medicines worth around 3,000 Rupees. Rupees 65,000 and the medicines have been recovered from his possession after the arrest.
To trace his whereabouts the police team had to scan the CCTV footage of the incident. It was found that the knife used, had been drawn from a wrapper which the accused has accidentally dropped in the process.
The police recovered the wrapper from the spot afterwards and traced its origin to a shop in Mahavir Enclave, from where it was purchased. The accused had paid for the weapon in the shop using the PayTM App. Using his electronic details, the police was able to reach his doorstep. He was then arrested from his residence in Sagarpur.
The accused is as B.Sc graduate in Health Science and Health Management. He had previously also been involved in a double murder case in Vivek Vihar in 2010, and had spent eight years in jail for his involvement in the crime. He was released on bail in October 2018 and had been working in the pharmacy sometime thereafter.
By Jatin Pandey