A man who carried an identity card of the Indian Army opened fire from a country-made weapon during an alleged burglary attempt at Vrindavan Jewellers in Maninagar Tuesday. He was later arrested in front of Maninagar Gandhi Complex in Maninagar, police confirmed.
The accused has been identified as Lokendrasingh Madansingh Shekhawat (25), a resident of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. He attempted theft after he ran into debts, said police.
According to the FIR lodged based on a complaint by jeweller Indrakumar Jayarambhai Motwani (51), a Makarba resident, the incident happened around 8 pm Tuesday. Shekhawat allegedly threatened Motwani with a gun. However, the accused ran away when Motwani called out to his co-worker Kishan.
Police stated that the accused opened a round of fire when he was chased by locals and cops before he was finally caught near Maninagar Gandhi Complex.
“Initial investigations reveal that the pistol was country-made in Rajasthan. The accused was in desperate need of money because he had loans to pay off. So, he planned the burglary and arrived in Ahmedabad on August 14,” said Ravi Mohan Saini, Assistant Commissioner of Police.
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He added that the accused claimed that he was with the Army. “Based on the ID recovered, he has been with the Territorial Army since 2018. Currently, he is in 109 Maratha Light Infantry. He has been on leave for a month. We have contacted his superiors to verify his service records,” Saini said.
“He will be produced in the magistrate court tomorrow (Thursday),” stated Investigating officer Chatrasinh Ranip.
The accused has been charged under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 393 (attempt to commit robbery), 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and under sections 25 (1b) (possession of firearm), 27 (using firearm) of the Arms Act.