Gweru- Business came to a standstill last week when drama unfolded as two Kwekwe based armed robbers ambushed a local Indian businessman at knife point in broad daylight in the early hours on Thursday.
It was a black day for the unsuspecting local Indian entrepreneur who owns Best Buyer Shop located at No.68 3rd street next to Kudzanai bus terminus, as two armed robbers pounced on him at around 8:00 am.
He was grabbed by the throat, pushed against the wall at knifepoint as the two men demanded where he was keeping his cash.
Eye witnesses and close sources to the incident told Zimtoday that the robbers were allegedly dropped off by their ‘boss’ in the early hours of the morning following a tipoff by one of the businessman’s employees that he was keeping large sums of money in the premises.
Central Investigative Department (CID) officers were quick to the scene which saved the Indian man’s life but sustained injuries.
Police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende said the two have since been apprehended by the police and assisting with investigations.
“I can confirm that the two, Lucky Mavhura from Mbizo and Nesbert Banda from Amaveni in Kwekwe are in police custody and assisting police with investigations. At the moment I am not at liberty to disclose further information,” said Asst Inspct. Mukwende.
After the attempted thievery failed upon arrival of the detectives, one of the robbers tried to flee but was chased down by a mob which had gathered and was severely assaulted before being rescued by the anti-riot police while the other hid in one of the building’s rooftops.
He was fished out by members of the CID and dropped from the rooftop directly into a police open truck as the angry mob was vying for his blood.
Unconfirmed reports say the Indian was keeping more than US$200 000 in his premises a move that has been condemned by the police encouraging all shop owners to put their monies in banks for safe keeping and prevent such incidents.