High alert has been sounded after four armed men with covered faces robbed a grocer of his Tata Indigo car near his Dashmesh Nagar house here at gunpoint on early Saturday morning.
The incident took place around 5 when the victim was on his way to a gurdwara. Varun Jain, 25, said he stopped the car metres away from his house to pick up his friend when the masked men arrived on the scene and threw a liquid on the windscreen. As he tried to wipe the screen, it turned opaque. When he stepped out, the men threatened him at gun point to leave the car. They beat him up after he resisted, he claimed.
He said the men kidnapped him after making him smell a cloth, following which he fell unconscious. Later, when he came to, he found himself lying at Sirhind road, a few kilometres away. Jain said as the men had removed the battery of his phone, he called his family and police using someone else’s phone.
He said the men who wore masks spoke in Hindi and all were around 6-ft tall. Jain said the white car was earlier engaged with OLA cab service but for the past few months he himself was using it.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said the police had shared the details with the police of other districts. A case had been registered against the unidentified men under Section 392 (robbery) of the IPC. The SSP said nothing related to terrorist activity had come to the fore, but they were exploring all angles.