The Andheri police have recorded the statement of two witnesses, including a TV journalist, who had rushed Kartik Parikh, a 54-year-old businessman, to the hospital after he was attacked and robbed of Rs 15 lakh on the Western Express Highway at Andheri (East) on Saturday.
Hearing Parikh screaming for help, Iqbal Mandani, a TV journalist, who was on his way to office on a motorcycle, stopped and rushed him to the nearby Kamgar hospital.
“I rushed to Parikh hearing his screams. He said some passenger from a rickshaw had robbed him and fled after throwing chilli powder into the eyes of his rickshaw driver,” said Mandani.
The incident occurred opposite the office of the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Andheri (East).
The Andheri police recorded the statement of the watchman from the TCS office and an employee at the Express service, a nearby tyre shop selling.
“They had seen the incident. Initially they thought it was just another regular quarrel between motorists that are quite common here. They had no idea that it was a violent robbery,” said Suhas Raikar, police inspector of the Andheri police station.
The police are now trying to trace the number of the two rickshaws to locate the people involved in the crime.
“We are finding it difficult as neither the victim nor the witnesses remember the vehicle numbers,” said an officer.
According to the description given by Parikh, the attacker was around 38-40 years old, stout and dark with medium built, said the police.
The police said the attackers seemed to have planned to attack the victim on ‘May Day’ because they knew that roads would be empty as it was a holiday. “On other days, the spot is abuzz with traffic,” an officer added.