An unidentified accused allegedly robbed a 45-year-old man of Rs 22.19 lakh and his mobile phone on Monday. The victim, who was in a autorickshaw, was on his way to deposit money in a bank at Dahisar.
The accused allegedly used a handkerchief dabbed with a sedative to make Ashok Babaji Ladgavkar unconscious and stole his cash-filled bag.
According to his statement, Ladgavkar, an employee at an investment consultancy firm, said he took an autorickshaw from Kandivli (east) to go to the Dahisar branch of Bharat Bank to deposit money in the company’s account around 10am.
“As soon as the autorickshaw passed an isolated stretch at Kandivli, a person jumped into the auto. The fact that the auto was going slow helped the accused get in. The accused held the drugged handkerchief to the complainant’s face after which Ladgavkar fell unconscious,” said an officer from Kasturba Marg police requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Assistant police inspector M Raorane from the Kasturba Marg police station added that when the victim regained consciousness, he found himself in the autorickshaw on an isolated road with the cash and mobile phone missing.
He then approached the Kasturba Marg police who lodged a case of theft against the unidentified accused.
Deputy commissioner of police (zone 12), R Dabhade said, “We are investigating if the auto driver was also involved in the theft because he has been untraceable since the incident.”
The police added Ladgavkar often went to the Dahisar branch to deposit cash in the company account and the accused may have kept a track of his movements.
The police are making sketches of the accused based on the description given by the complainant.
The Dahisar police are also verifying the version of events given by the complainant.