Malay Indian trader robbed

Four armed men rob an Indian in Malaysia of all the cash he was carrying to pay his workers.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2006 14:13 IST

Four armed men robbed an Indian businessman in Malaysia of all the cash he was carrying to pay his workers at the tourist resort of Genting Highlands.

The victim identified only as Batra, 49, runs a chain of restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and had withdrawn Malaysian ringgit (RM) 180,000 from his bank to pay his workers. The money also included $2,000, the New Straits Times said.

The incident happened Wednesday, when Batra was heading towards Kuala Lumpur in his car with the money. Suddenly, he was forced to stop his car at the Karak highway by four men driving another car.

Armed with a pistol, hockey stick and an iron bar, the robbers alighted from the car and snatched the bag containing the money.

"They smashed the car's window and the businessman was hit with the hockey stick. One of them grabbed the bag placed on the back seat before fleeing," said a police spokesperson.

Police believe that the four men had trailed the businessman's car from Genting Highlands, a hilltop casino and entertainment resort that is visited by thousands of Indians and other tourists.

Batra, who sustained injuries on his wrist, lodged a police complaint but was unable to give any description of the men.

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 14:13 IST