Miscreants kill 2 petrol pump employees and fled with 1 Lakh Cash


Published: 16/05/2019

by www.belgaumonline.com


BELAGAVI: In a gruesome incident, two employees of a petrol pump in Kittur were stabbed to death by miscreants in the wee hours of Wednesday. The miscreants also made away with Rs 1 lakh cash collected at the petrol pump. The victims have been identified as Mustaq Beedi (22), a resident of Lingdolli and Manjunath Pattanshetti (32), a resident Tigadolli. According to sources, the victims were working the night shift at Shiva Petrol pump when the miscreants attacked them.   

Both were stabbed in their neck following which they died on the spot. On receiving information, Superintendent of Police Sudheer Kumar Reddy, CPI and other police personnel of Kittur police station visited the spot and launched an investigation. The cash stored in the drawer of the pump was taken away by the attackers.

The investigating team interrogated several people in an attempt to get some clues about the attackers and their whereabouts. CCTV camera footage is also being scanned by the team. The employees of the pump were vulnerable for such attacks as it is located alongside the busy National Highway 4. Usually, the pump sees brisk business throughout the day as many truckers fill diesel from here.  However, post-midnight the number of vehicles coming to the petrol pump reduces and that is when most of the employees take a nap, sources added.  

The pump did not have any security guard and only two employees were operating it at the time of the crime. The incident has come as a wake-up call for owners of many petrol pumps located along the NH-4 in the district.

According to police sources, hardly any of the pumps on this route employed security guards. Except for CCTV cameras, most of the pumps have failed to take other measures to ensure the safety of their employees, police sources added.

Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2019/may/16/belagavi-miscreants-kill-2-petrol-pump-employees-1977478.html