ALIGARH || If you drive through the roads of the state capital and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, the COVID protocol has been given a quiet burial. So there is no sanitiser in use neither is social distancing any longer the order of the day. But stop before you jump to conclusions on the "lack of discipline' amongst the people in UP, India's most populous state, for here the robbers are in full 'COVID protocol' mode!
Or so so it seemed on Friday in Aligarh district of UP when three bike-riding criminals walked into a jewellery shop, sanitised their hands cooly and then whipped out pistols to rob the shop of more than Rs 35 lakhs. Yes, you read it right. The whole crime has been caught on the CCTV cameras installed in the shop.
The crime was committed at the Sunder jewellers located on the Khair road in the Bannadevi locality. The police said the criminals, all wearing masks (COVID preventive ones) decamped with gold worth Rs 35 lakh and Rs 40,000 in cash. Senior police officials rushed to the crime scene as soon as the matter was reported.
An official told The News Agency that they were trying to nab the criminals based on the CCTV footage and hope to crack the case soon.