Two armed youth who had allegedly gone to a money changer's office in Chhatta bazaar on Thursday with an intention to loot, were overpowered by the owner's men and given a sound thrashing. Later, a mob, which had gathered outside, also beat up the duo before handing them over to the police.
The accused, however, claimed that they had gone to the money changer for exchange of dollars. The fight had ensued when the trader used abusive language against them, they said.
Davinder Pal Sood, owner of Sood Forex, said that he had just opened the office when the accused barged in and made him captive. He claimed that the armed men demanded Rs 2 crore from him.
“When my son noticed the commotion, he bolted the room from outside and raised an alarm at which people gathered and caught hold of them,” said Sood, who is admitted at the civil hospital. He alleged that the accused ransacked his office and beat him.
SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill, DSP(city) Digvijay Kapil and SHOs from various police stations immediately reached the spot with heavy force and arrested the men, who have been identified as Jagjit Singh of Beghampur Jandiala and Gurpreet Singh of Baghrian.
A .32 bore revolver and a dummy pistol were recovered from the spot, which, the police claimed, belonged to the accused. Both have also been admitted to the civil hospital with grievous injuries. A case under Section 397 (robbery with attempt to grievous hurt) and 511(attempt to commit offence punishable with life imprisonment) of IPC and Arms Act. Accused Jagjit is said to have a criminal background.
Sources added that the police were also verifying any hawala connection in the case.