Despite tall claims of police, incidents of snatchings and loots are rampant in the city. In yet another incident, two miscreants on a scooter attacked a petrol pump employee with sharpedged weapons and hockey sticks and snatched a bag containing Rs 7.25 lakh near Agar Nagar on the Ferozepur road on late Saturday night.
The victim, Bhagwan Singh, 35, resident of Barewal told the police that he worked at Baljit and Company filling station at Agar Nagar for the past 15 years.
On Saturday, as the pump manager was absent, he was going to hand over the day’s collection to the pump’s owner, who lived behind the petrol pump.
Singh alleged that as he came outside the petrol pump, two unidentified men attacked him with hockey sticks and sharpedged weapons. As he fell on the ground, the duo snatched the bag containing the cash and fled on a Honda Activa scooter.
He added that the accused were accompanied by two more men, who fled on a motorcycle.
The severely injured victim raised an alar m, following which the owner reached the spot and rushed the victim to Ludhiana Mediways, where his condition is stated to be stable. Singh suffered injuries on the chest, hands, neck and face.
Police were sounded and assistant commissioner of police (ACP), west, Ravinderpal Singh Sandhu, Sarabha Nagar station house officer (SHO) inspector Amrinder Singh, and PAU SHO sub-inspector Surinder Kumar reached the spot and initiated investigation.
The ACP said it seemed to be a pre-planned attack by persons aware of the fact that the petrol pump employees daily used to deliver the day’s collection to the owner.
He added that the police were investigating the matter and checking if there were any CCTV cameras installed at the pump and its vicinity.
The PAU police station has registered a case under section 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft) and 34 (acts done in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the unidentified accused.