A 45-year-old man was allegedly severely assaulted and robbed of over Rs. 50,000 by six men near Delhi-UP border in Indirapuram on Saturday.
The man, Ravindra Singh, is recuperating at a private hospital in Ghaziabad, police said.
Singh works as a manager with an apartment in east Delhi. He said the incident took place when he was returning home to Vijay Nagar’s Sector 9 late Saturday.
“Around 9 pm, I boarded a shared autorickshaw via NH-24. As the auto reached near the canal area on NH-24, a tall man on a motorbike stopped the auto.
He pulled me out saying I had stabbed his brother. All other co-passengers remained silent and the auto driver sped towards Ghaziabad,” Singh said.
“The man started beating me up. Five more men also arrived there with rods and sticks. They beat me till I became semi-conscious and was unable to move. Passersby just looked on and no one came for help. Later, they searched me and took out Rs. 58,000 which I was carrying. It was the money that I had collected as charges from society residents,” Singh said.
The men then escaped from there. Singh said he kept crying for help but nobody stopped.
“Thereafter, an ambulance, in which a doctor was also travelling, arrived there. They picked me up and took me to a hospital where I was given first-aid. Later, my family arrived and took me to a hospital in Kavi Nagar,” Singh said.
Since Saturday, Singh is admitted to the hospital in Kavi Nagar. He has a fractured hand and other injuries.
“My brother has no enmity with anyone. The attackers are unknown to us. We approached the police on Monday, but they told us that the incident would come under Delhi’s jurisdiction. Later, they told us that their officers would come for an inquiry on Tuesday and lodge an FIR,” victim’s brother Joginder Singh said.
On the other hand, police from Indirapuram station said an incident was reported on Saturday where two men had clashed with each other over a seat in an autorickshaw.
“One person from Shahdara (in Delhi) had received head injuries in the altercation and we had taken him to the hospital. We will inquire whether it is the same case or a different one,” Gorakh Nath Yadav, Indirapuram station house officer, said.
Circle officer Atul Kumar Yadav said, “It is possible that the attack on Singh was a different one. We will lodge an FIR. Prima-facie, the incident (with Singh) does not seem to be that of a simple robbery. Usually, in such cases, the robbers flee with the cash. But in this case, the assailants have also assaulted the victim.”
Singh’s family has, however, denied that he had anything to do with the altercation over a seat in the autorickshaw.