A 31-year-old man was allegedly assaulted and kidnapped in broad daylight in Shivpuri area and later robbed of Rs 2.5 lakh before being dumped in Sahnewal on Thursday.
The entire incident was captured in a CCTV camera installed outside the office of former municipal councillor Manjit Singh Dhillon. The police have collected the footage for clues.
The victim, Sunil Garg of Jagraon, told the police that he worked in the shop of a man named, Rohit Mittal, who was a distributor of a mobile service providing company. He used to collect cash from the market and used to deposit in the bank account of the firm.
On Thursday, Garg went to Punjab National Bank, Shivpuri main road branch, to deposit the day's collection. His employer, Mittal, was already present at the bank.
Garg alleged that as he parked his scooter, a silver Tata Indica car stopped near him and three men alighted from the vehicle. They then started assaulting him, before pulling him in their car. When some onlookers tried to intervene, the accused told them that he was a pick-pocket and drove away, the victim added.
Garg further stated that three miscreants, who were already sitting in the car, assaulted him further and snatched his bag containing Rs 2.5 lakh in cash. They then drove towards Sahnewal and threw him out there, before fleeing the spot. He sounded Mittal, who had already called the police at the crime scene, following which cops reached Sahnewal.
On the other hand, police suspect that the victim has brewed the conspiracy of robbery with his accomplices to grab the money that he collected from the market. Therefore, police are interrogating the victim and no case has been registered.
Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) north Kulwant Singh said the matter appeared fishy. Therefore, police were investigating the matter before registering a case.
Instead of going inside the bank after parking his scooter, Garg started talking to some people.
While being beaten up, Garg did not raise an alarm for help.
When miscreants were pulling him in the car, he showed no resentment.
Garg recently re-joined the job, which he had left around two years ago.