In a strange case, a 21-year-old man claimed that after robbing him of his mobile phone and cash, robbers stabbed him, tied him to the steering wheel of his car and set it on fire, late on Wednesday night in outer Delhi’s Narela area. Manoj Kumar, however, managed to escape unhurt.
Police, on the other hand, are not buying Kumar’s story. Finding too many loopholes in his version, they suspect he cooked up facts to claim insurance for the burnt vehicle.
Earlier, Kumar had claimed that he was intercepted by bike-borne robbers around 11pm on Wednesday, while returning from Najafgarh in his Maruti Eeco car.
“The bikers first robbed him and then snatched his wallet and mobile. They stabbed him on his wrist and drove the car to an isolated place. There, they tied him with the steering wheel and set the car on fire,” said Satyawan Kumar, the ‘victim’s’ cousin.
The victim, a transporter by profession, managed to escape with minor stab wounds and informed the police about the episode. Manoj’s car which he had bought two months ago was badly burnt.
Manoj’s family members claimed police were treating him as an accused and were not cooperating. “We all are scared after what happened yesterday,” said Meenu, Manoj’s sister.
Police, on the other hand, are suspecting Manoj. “We are verifying his claims as he is changing his statements frequently. The first PCR call was made claiming there was a fire in the car. But the next day, he claimed that robbers tied him before setting the car on fire. We are scanning his call details to check where he had gone before returning to his Narela house,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity.
Police also said there is a possibility that the car caught fire accidentally and Manoj was cooking up stories to claim insurance. They said a Central Forensic Science Laboratory team was called to inspect the car and establish the cause of fire. “A CNG kit was installed in the car without permission from the concerned agency. In this case, the owner cannot claim insurance in case of fire,” the officer added.
No case has been registered in the matter so far. “There are missing links in the victim’s statement. A case would be registered after we establish the sequence of events,” the officer said further.