The 25-year-old man, who claimed to have been robbed of Rs 24 lakh on Tuesday, had made up the story to make easy money, police said on Wednesday. The police recovered the cash that Mandeep Singh had hidden at his sister's house at Barewal Road.
Singh, an employee at a cash collecting agency, Radiant Cash Management Service, had lodged a complaint with PAU police that when he was coming out of MBD Neopolis mall, Ferozepur Road, after collecting Rs 24 lakh in cash on Tuesday, when two persons confronted him accusing him of sexually harassing a girl. When he was clarifying the matter, one of the men snatched his bag containing the cash and fled.
Following his complaint, the police initiated investigation after lodging a case.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (crime) Manjit Singh Dhesi said during investigation Singh kept changing his statements. Also when the police questioned the shopkeepers at the mall and roadside vendors, none of them admitted to have witnessed the snatching.
“Eventually, when the police grilled Singh, he confessed to have concocted the robbery to grab the money,” the cop claimed.
The ADCP said Singh's brother was also employed at the same cash collecting agency. On Tuesday, as his brother was unwell, Singh went to collect the cash as the former's substitute.
He added that Singh had confessed that he used to draw a monthly salary of Rs 7,000, and always yearned to make more money. “Therefore, when he has saw Rs 24 lakh cash, he developed an itchy palm, and hid the bag in his sister's house at Barewal Road, without telling her the contents of the bag. He then returned to Ferozepur Road and filed a complaint that he was robbed,” Dhesi claimed.
The ADCP said the police were investigating into the role of the accused's sister and brother. However, the woman has claimed that she was aware about contents of the bag.
The police have booked Singh under section 182 (false information, with intent to cause public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).