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Collection agent ‘robbed’ of Rs 8 lakh in Vaishali

A 24-year-old collection agent was allegedly robbed of Rs 8 lakh in Vaishali on Monday morning.

noida Updated: May 17, 2016 15:56 IST
Ashni Dhaor
Ashni Dhaor
Hindustan Times
The victim, 24-year-old Hirdesh Gupta, was near Mahagun mall in Vaishali’s Sector 3 when the alleged incident took place.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

A 24-year-old collection agent was allegedly robbed of Rs 8 lakh in Vaishali on Monday morning. According to the police, four men on two bikes snatched the victim’s bag containing cash.

The victim Hirdesh Gupta is a resident of Tilak Nagar in Delhi and works as a collection agent with a private firm in Hauz Khas in Delhi, the police said. On Monday, he was in Vaishali to collect money from a client.

“Gupta was on his bike and was setting off from Vaishali when four men on two motorbikes overtook his vehicle and stopped in front of it. The pillion riders of each bike got off. One of them threatened him with a knife and the other with a country-made gun, before snatching his bag,” said Salman Taj, superintendent of police (city).

Gupta immediately informed the police about the incident, after which the circle officer of Indirapuram and superintendent of police (city) reached the spot.

“The incident took place a few metres away from Mahagun Metro Mall in Sector 3, Vaishali. There is no CCTV footage of the incident and the victim could not see the robbers’ faces as they were wearing helmets. The number plates of the bikes were also missing, according to the victim,” said Taj.

The police questioned Gupta for over two hours at the Vaishali police post.

According to the police, the matter looks suspicious.

“Gupta was questioned thoroughly as there are some suspicions about the incident. The owner of the company where he works was also questioned and it was revealed that every collection agent is equipped with a tracking system that updates the employer of the details of their location,” said Taj.

“The tracking system is installed in the agents’ mobile phone and is to be kept on whenever they are collecting cash. However, today Gupta had switched it off. This has raised doubts about his claims,” he said.

Gupta has submitted a written complaint to the police but no FIR has been registered yet as the matter is being investigated.

First Published: May 17, 2016 00:39 IST