The accused who had concocted the story of loot of Rs 2.10 lakh was reportedly buried under debt, and he hatched the conspiracy to pay back his debt, police said.
In a press conference on Monday, assistant commissioner of police (ACP) (rural) Gurpreet Singh Walia said the accused, Mahesh Kumar, had hatched the conspiracy to grab the money. He had pressurised his employer (a scrap dealer) that he would go to village to make payment for the machine that he (the employer) had bought from a Humbran village resident.
The accused purportedly confessed before the police that he hid the money at his residence in Janakpuri area, and made a call to police from Malakpur area that two motorcycle-borne miscreants looted him of Rs 2.10 lakh, motorcycle and a mobile phone.
ACP said police recovered the cash and motorcycle following the information of the accused, who was produced before a court on Sunday on charges of making false complaint and to distract police investigation. The court sent him to the Ludhiana Central Jail for 14 days in judicial remand.
SHO of the Haibowal police station inspector Amarjeet Singh said the accused was changing his statements frequently. In addition, there were loopholes in his story that he narrated to police, SHO said.
On Saturday, Mahesh had complained that tow motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched Rs2.10 lakh from him after brandished a knife at him near Malakpur village near Humbran road. He said that he was going to Humbran to make payment for the machine his employer had bought a few days ago.