A colonel and his wife were robbed of cash and gold jewellery on Saturday night when they were on the way to his native village, Bedwa, near Meham block, in Rohtak district.
Col Suresh Chander, 51, posted as commandant at the National Cadet Corps (NCC) office, Rewari, and his wife, Shashi, were waylaid by four masked men. The couple was accompanied by Col Chander’s nonagenarian mother when the incident happened. A sum of Rs. 10,500 in cash and gold jewellery worth Rs. 1.7 lakh were stolen.
Col Chander said four men in their twenties stopped their Maruti car in front of his Verna near the Meham bus stand. He claimed that they came out wielding sticks and iron rods and told him to open the door. Threatened with dire consequences, the colonel did their bidding. One of the men took the wheel, while two others sat in the back seat along with Col Chander and his mother. The fourth robber drove the Maruti, while the Verna driver started tailing it.
The colonel told the police that the accused robbed his wife of jewellery and cash and threw away batteries of their mobile phones. He said they took them through several villages, including Hedi and Baas. Later, they took the family to Mundhal village on the Hisar-Rohtak road and told the colonel to use his debit card at an ATM booth. However, the transaction couldn’t be made as the machine was out of order.
Col Chander, who earlier worked in the army’s intelligence wing, said the accused then told him to run on the road ahead of the Maruti. At Sisar village, they sped away in the Maruti around 10pm, leaving behind his wife and mother.
The Meham police registered a case against four unidentified persons under sections 392 (robbery) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).