Three unidentified miscreants with their faces covered allegedly robbed a money exchange agent of Rs 4 lakh on Wednesday night at Qadian bus stand, 20km from here.
The incident took place just 50-metre from a permanent police check post, but the absence of a policeman at the post let the miscreants flee the scene comfortably in their sports utility vehicle (SUV).
As per information, about 8pm on Wednesday, when the victim, Amit Kholsa of Qadian, who runs a money exchange business in front of the bus stand, was closing his shop, the miscreants came in a Mahindra XUV vehicle and pointed a pistol at him.
They asked Amit to handover them his bag — containing Rs 3 lakh and foreign currencies worth Rs 1 lakh — but when he resisted, the miscreants threatened him of dire consequences and fled the scene with the bag.
When informed, a police team rushed the spot. However, instead of sounding an alert in the area, they started questioning Amit.
When contacted, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Batala, Inderbir Singh told Hindustan Times that soon after receiving information, the cops had been put on high alert and all exit points from the town were sealed.
The SSP said they were working on certain leads and expressed hope that the robbers would be nabbed within 24 hours.
Ironically, in an earlier case, even after passing of more than two and a half months, police failed to make any headway in a Rs 7.57 lakh robbery, in which three unidentified car-borne miscreants had reportedly robbed an employee of a money exchange agent at the gunpoint near the crowded Bohari Mandir locality on October 20, just a few metres from the police check post.