At least six miscreants decamped with Rs 4.30 lakh from Gur Kanwar filling station at Butahari village in Ludhiana district after sedating the employees on Wednesday night.
The miscreants barged into the filling station, locked its employees in a room and decamped with the cash and a computer after breaking the safe. The dacoits also took away the hard disk of the computer, which had CCTV recordings.
A customer alerted the filling station owner Tajinder Singh on Thursday morning after finding the employees in an unconscious state. "I came to know about the incident at around 7.30am, when a customer informed me. He told me that the employees are lying unconscious in the room and things are lying about haphazardly. I immediately rushed to the filling station and informed the police," said Tajinder.
He said the anti-social elements struck at around 2am, when three employees -- Amardeep, Rampal and Gurinder -- were sleeping. The employees claimed that six-odd dacoits threw a sedative at their faces to make them unconscious. The accused also thrashed them and locked them in the room.
Later, they broke open two doors to reach the safe and fled with Rs 4.30 lakh.
Dehlon police have registered a case of burglary.
"The police claim that the area is safe and is patrolled round the clock. It is assumed that the miscreants might have spent more than three hours to break the doors and safe. How is it possible then that the police did not get to know about the incident?" Tajinder said.
SI Amandeep Singh at Dehlon police station maintained it was a case of burglary and the police have registered a case as per the version of the complainant.
It was learnt that the filling station had witnessed similar robberies twice in a year.