In a daring robbery on the Patiala highway in Zirakpur, five people robbed Rs 51 lakh from three residents of Kapurthala at around 11 pm on Saturday and decamped with their Maruti Swift car. One of the assailants had met them earlier in the day and was a representative of a Patran-based (in Sangrur district of Punjab) travel agent.
The victims were part of a group of five people that had arrived in the city to pay `51 lakh to a travel agent, Wazir Singh Rana, to send three nephews of one of the victims to Canada.
The complainant, Punjab Singh of Dhammkalan village in Kapurthala, told the police that he had arrived in the city, with four of his friends, to pay the amount.
The vicitms were received by Harry, as directed by the agent Rana. Harry, one of the accused, took the victims to the Housing Society in Sector 48, Chandigarh, where the cash was counted and the information relayed to Rana, who was at the Delhi airport with the three Canada-bound men.
However, after the telephonic conversation with Rana, Harry, asked the Kapurthala visitors to accompany them to meet another agent and took to Swastik Vihar in Zirakpur.
At Swastik Vihar, the unknown agent entered into their car and engaged the party of men in conversation. Soon, the complainant, Punjab Singh, was asked to accompany the unknown man to a nearby place, while Harry stayed behind with the two friends of Punjab Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Baldev Singh.
The other two Kapurthala residents Darshan Singh and Joga Singh, had been dropped for dinner at an eatery in Zirakpur.
It was at this moment that five unidentified miscreants in a Lancer stopped near the Swift and assaulted the two occupants Sukhdev and Baldev.
The representative of the travel agent, Harry, along with the five assailants, looted the cash bag and fled in the car of the victims.
Case of fraud registered
On Sunday late evening, the police recovered the victim’s car from Sector 22, Chandigarh.
SAS Nagar SSP Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said a case of fraud had been registered against the travel agent Rana, Harry and four accomplices, as the accused and the victim were known to each other.
Zirakpur station house officer Deepinder Singh said police parties had been sent to nab the culprits
Youth stranded at airport
The three young men, who were to leave for Canada, were then unable to board the flight, HT has learnt.