In a shocking incident that exposed the security arrangements of the city police, an auto-rickshaw driver robbed a 25-year-old girl student of a private coaching centre and left her seriously injured on the Khalsa College flyover in broad daylight on Friday at around 10 am.
Finding the girl alone in the auto, the driver, who had covered his face, along with his accomplice, snatched the purse and dragged the victim for several feet on the flyover when she resisted the attempt by the driver.
Surprisingly, the city police claim to have placed several check posts in the recent times and the flyover also remains busy during the morning hours. However, no one turned up to the help of girl.
The victim has been identified as Rajwinder Kaur of Kot Khurd village who is pursuing cooking course from a private coaching centre near the bus stand.
The victim was immediately taken to the civil hospital after a girl, who was passing the site of incident on Activa scooter, informed the police about Rajwinder lying on the flyover. The victim has sustained serious injuries on her face, head and leg and has suffered fracture in her shoulder.
Talking to HT, the injured girl said she travelled in auto-rickshaw everyday from outside Haveli restaurant on GT road to bus stand to attend her cooking classes. On Friday, too, she had hired the auto (black in colour) as usual till her coaching centre.
The victim said apart from the driver, a helper was sitting with him on the front seat and they did not take any other passenger on the auto.
"When the auto reached over the flyover, he turned to the side of BMC Chowk after which I requested him to stop, but he did not," she said, adding that somehow, she managed to stop the auto in the mid of flyover.
"I got down and when I opened my purse to pay the fare, the driver snatched my purse. Facing resistance, the accused did not stop the auto and dragged me for several feet on the road," she said.
The accused then fled the spot with her purse which has her mobile phone, identity cards, cash money of `200 and other documents.
Her brother Sukhjeet Singh, claimed, "I made a call on that mobile phone and the accused allegedly threatened me. Thereafter, he switched off the phone."
Major Singh, in-charge bus stand police post, said a case has been registered against the accused under Section 382 (Theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft) of the IPC and they would be arrested soon.