In a day-light gunpoint robbery, four armed men allegedly robbed Rs 7.48 lakh from three employees of Amartex, a textile manufacturer and trader, near a private school in Sector 14. The three duped victims were going to deposit the cash in a branch of Bank of Baroda in Sector 11 around 11 am, which they brought from Amartex in their white Swift car, according to the police.
The car was driven by Rakesh Kumar and Lal Chand Thakur, who is head cashier at Amartex head office, and Vikram, who is also a cashier there, were sitting in the car.
Police added that the robbers, who were also in a Swift car, overtook the car of the victims and forcibly stopped them. Three masked and armed men came out of the car and broke the side mirror at the driver seat with a big stone.
One of the accused allegedly pointed gun at the driver and asked for the cash bag directly, while others kept surrounding the car. The fourth accused kept sitting in the car according to the complaint made to the police by the victims.
Men fled away with the cash within no time, after which the police was informed by the victims. Rakesh said, “The robbers knew that the cash was in a bag that has been kept behind the seat as they asked us to hand over the cash bag immediately after pointing gun at me”
“The way things have come to light in the case points fingers at the Amartex insiders,” said a senior police officer.
Sector 14 police station SHO Kamaldeep Singh said case had been registered under the relevant Sections of the Indian Penal Code and Arms Act.” Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Hamid Akhtar also reached the spot.
Police stated that the number of the accused car HR03Q9450 was fake. The number of the car was noted by the victim driver Rakesh Kumar.
Route taken raises doubt
Route taken by the employees raises doubt in the case as in order to reach Sector 11 from Amartex, there is a direct road connecting the two sectors, but the victims took a different and odd route according to the sources.
There was no guard with the employees.
Robberies in the past
April 14, 2014: 3 youths snatched a scooter from a security guard after hitting him with a stick. Unsolved
March 11, 2014: After injuring two auto showroom employees with gunshots, Rs 1.28 lakh were looted in the Industrial Area Phase-1. Unsolved
December 9, 2013: In the second highest robbery in P’kula, 4 men with 3 of them dressed in the Punjab police uniform looted Rs 1.68 crore from a cash van of the Cash Management Services company on the Pinjore-Siswan road. Solved
October 3, 2013: Three men looted Rs 16.08 lakh from two employees of petrol pump at gunpoint inside Amravati city centre in Amravati Enclave, Sector 2, Kalka-Pinjore Urban Complex. Unsolved
July 11, 2013: A truck was looted with robbers taking away 86 inverter batteries. Unsolved
May 15, 2013: Two youths held a housewife hostage at knifepoint in Sector 19 and took the jewellery that she was wearing. Unsolved