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Maharashtra: Businessman hurt in robbery bid

A businessman was shot at and injured allegedly by two motorcycle-borne men in a failed robbery bid near his house in Dahanu in Palghar district of Maharashtra, police said Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Tuesday night in Buddhadev Nagar locality in Dahanu, around 135 kms from here, when Bhavesh Desai (54) was walking to his residence with a bag containing Rs 3 lakh in cash, he said.

Desai was followed for some distance by the robbers riding a motorcycle before they tried to snatch his bag, a police official said.

When Desai resisted and held on to the bag, one of the assailants shot at him and sprayed some chemical while fleeing the spot, the official said, adding that the bullet grazed Desai’s stomach.

Desai was rushed to hospital by loal people, the official said, adding that he is out of danger.

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