Police claim to have solved a blind robbery case in which the victim, the driver of a city industrialist, concocted a story to usurp Rs 10 lakh of his employer. The accused, Dharampal (51), has been arrested and Rs 10 lakh have been recovered from his possession. Dharampal works as a driver with Shiv Prasad, an Industrial Area-based businessman.
In his complaint to the police on Thursday, Dharampal alleged that he was on his way from SAS Nagar Phase-1 towards his employer’s office in a Toyota Innova when four people, including two in police uniform, riding two motorcycles, signalled him to stop.
He claimed that as soon as he stopped the car, the four men started assaulting him and snatched the bag containing Rs 10 lakh handed over to him by his boss, before fleeing the spot.
What the police found and the confession
The police, however, grew suspicious of the driver’s statements as he kept differing on important details. A special team was formed to investigate the case under the supervision of Jagbir Singh (DSP crime), inspector Ranjodh Singh and sub-inspector Om Parkash of the crime branch and a watch was kept on the movements of the driver. On a tip, a trap was laid near Marble Market, Dhanas, and Dharampal was nabbed. On sustained interrogation, he confessed to having made up the robbery and informed the police that the money was kept at his residence in Dhanas. In fact, he even made the robbery call to the police from his residence.
The police said that the accused was under depression as his daughter had married against his wishes, while his second daughter was divorced and was living with him. “With the money, I planned to settle far away,” he told the police. He will be produced in court on Saturday.