The message is clear - keep strangers at a bay while travelling in buses and under no circumstances accept eatables or beverages offered by people not known to you.
Nearly a week after a businessman was duped of cash and valuables after being drugged by a stranger when he was travelling in a luxury bus from New Delhi to Chandigarh, a similar case has come to the light on the same route.
The latest incident occurred on May 1, when Delhi resident Sukhwinder Singh boarded a Himachal Roadways Volvo bus from Delhi to Chandigarh Sukhwinder's in-laws stay in Sector 19 in the city.
Sukhwinder lost a gold kara, gold locket, Rs 30,000 cash, purse containing four debit cards and a Samsung Note-III mobile to the trickster.
Giving details, Sukhwinder said he had to visit his in-laws in Sector 19 and boarded the bus from Karnal bypass around 5.30pm on Friday. "While I was waiting for the bus, a man came to me, saying he too was travelling to Chandigarh. We entered into a conversation and boarded the Himachal Roadways bus heading for Shimla. The man got a seat alongside me and even paid for my bus ticket, which I paid him back." At around 10.30pm, the bus stopped at Pippli for dinner and Sukhwinder was offered a mango drink by the fellow passenger. "I declined first, but when he insisted, I drank it," he said.
After having a few sips, Sukhwinder started feeling giddy. "The accused then insisted that we should sit inside the bus as there were mosquitoes outside," he said.
"Once inside the bus, I lost consciousness and got some sense in the morning at around 7.30am when the bus reached at the ISBT in Sector 43, where somebody helped me in hiring an into to reach my in-laws' residence in Sector-19. Whatever valuables I was carrying were gone," Sukhwinder said. The complainant was then rushed to GMCH-32 by his relatives.
Meanwhile, the police have registered a case under sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc., with intent to commit an offence) and 379 (punishment for theft) of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 19 police station.
On April 25, Parminder Singh (54), a city-based businessman, who resides in Sector 27, was duped of a gold kara, gold ring, one diamond ring, around Rs 8,000 cash, two credit cards, two debit cards, pan card, D/L, one Samsung Note-III mobile, after being administered juice laced with sedatives. The incident happened when the victim was travelling in A Himachal Roadways bus from Delhi to Chandigarh. As per the victim, the trickster in this case was a turbaned man.
On March 23, the Chandigarh police booked an unidentified person for drugging a lecturer of a private college and stealing his valuables, when the victim was travelling from Delhi to Chandigarh in a Volvo bus. The victim, Abhinav Sheoran, a resident of Defence Colony, Jind (Haryana), lost a gold kara, two mobile phones, Rs 1,000 cash, driving licence and ATM card.