An employee of a cash-collection firm was robbed of Rs26 lakh from near the Sector 10 and 11 roundabout in Panchkula on Monday.
In his statement to the police, Samuel, a resident of Dhakoli (Zirakpur), who is working with Radiant Cash Management Services, Zirakpur, for the past seven years, said he had collected money from 15 outlets in the past four days and could not deposit the cash due to bank holidays.
Samuel said as he was on his way to the State Bank of India (SBI), Sector 10, Panchkula, after depositing Rs3.58 lakh collected from McDonald’s in Sector 11, two bike-borne persons hit him with an iron rod after which he fell from his motorcycle. The assailants pepper-sprayed him and snatched the bag containing cash, he told the police.
Passersby gathered at the spot and the Police Control Room (PCR) was informed. Samuel was taken to the Sector-6 General Hospital and later he was questioned at the Sector 5 police station.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP crime) Vikram Kapoor and assistant commissioner of police (ACP law and order) Krishan Kumar also reached the police station.
Branch manager of Radiant Cash Management Services Surjeet Singh said the bag contained over Rs26 lakh. He added that the amount was insured. However, the police expressed surprise how could the company allow an employee to carry huge cash and that too on a motorcycle without a security guard.
The DCP said: “The company officials told us that if the cash could not be deposited in the bank, it has to be kept in company’s vault. However, Samuel kept the cash with him for four days. Teams of the crime investigating agency and the crime branch are probing the case.”
Branch manager Surjeet Singh said they were inquiring why Samuel kept the cash at home. Samuel also kept on changing his statement as earlier he claimed that the bag contained around Rs20 lakh, but later said the amount was over Rs26 lakh.