In a daring incident, a city-based jeweller was robbed of Rs 1.1 crore when he was heading towards the Sector 17 bus stand after midnight on Friday.
The victim was hit with a stick by two miscreants, who managed to snatch away his bag containing the cash.
The victim was identified as Sameer Jain, a resident of Sector 48.
The incident happened at 12.10 am, when the 45-year-old businessman was dropped by his nephew Tushar just outside the Sector 17 bus stand near the fire brigade. Jain was to catch a Volvo bus for Delhi.
Jain started walking towards the entrance of the bus stand.
Suddenly, two persons attacked him on the head with a stick from behind.
Jain started bleeding soon after he was hit.
In the meantime, the duo escaped with Jain’s bag.
A police control room gypsy staff at a distance noticed the victim lying in a pool of blood.
Jain was then rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16.
When contacted on Saturday morning at the Sector 16 hospital, Jain refused to talk to the media.
Later, when they tried to record the statement, Jain could not recall the incident clearly as he was still under shock.
He had told the police that he was attacked by two miscreants and they took away the bag in which he was carrying the cash.
During the day, station house officer of Sector 17 police station Dilsher also visited Jain in the hospital.
Crime inspector Ranjodh Singh said the victim told them the bag contained Rs 1.1 crore.
Police said Jain had not suspected anybody yet.
Senior superintendent of police Sukhchain Singh Gill said, “The investigations into the case are on and preliminary investigations indicate that it appears to be the work of some unknown persons.
But different angles are being probed to solve the case.”
The case has been transferred to the crime branch of Chandigarh police.
The police have registered a case of robbery and recovered a piece of wooden stick bearing blood stains from the spot.
No any arrests have been made so far but the police have questioned around a dozen people in this regard.
All over in four minutes
Sameer Jain was dropped at the bus stand at 12.10 am by his nephew and within a gap of just four minutes, his family received a call that he had been injured. His wife received a call at around 12.14 am that Jain had been robbed.
120 snatchings, 55 robberies this year
The Chandigarh police have failed to check the increasing number of snatchings and robberies in the city for the last three months. In October, during the festive days, not even a day passed when no case of snatching or robbery was reported. Even in September, on an average, an incident was reported every day. Majority of the targets were women residents and others were colony dwellers walking through isolated areas after midnight. On Friday night, three snatching incidents were reported in the city. In two of these, city residents were robbed of their cash. In one of the incidents, a miscreant managed to take out purse from a car parked at a traffic light point.
This year, around 120 snatchings, besides 55 robberies, have been reported so far.