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Amritsar: Western Union branch owner robbed of Rs 5 lakh, foreign currency at gunpoint

Four unidentified men came to his shop and asked to hand over whatever he had. When he refused, they thrashed him and tied his hands with tapes.

punjab Updated: Feb 20, 2018 00:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
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The Western Union branch, Bhatia Forex on Batala road in Amritsar.(HT Photo)

Four armed men allegedly robbed a Western Union branch owner of Rs 5 lakh, US and Australian dollars and other valuables at gunpoint at his shop on Batala road in Amritsar on Monday.

The complainant, Vinod Kumar Bhatia, said the robbers also looted his two mobile phones, as many gold rings after injuring him with knife at his shop Bhatia Forex around 6pm.

Vinod said, “Four unidentified men came to my shop and asked to hand over whatever I had. When I refused, they started thrashing me. They gagged me and tied my hands with tapes.”

“Then two of the men pointed pistols on my head while others started injuring me with knives. I gave them the locker key,” he said.

He said the robbers had been caught in a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed at a nearby shop. “We have submitted to police the footage in which the robbers are recognisable.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP crime) Harjit Singh with other senior police officers reached the spot and started investigation.

Mohkampura station house officer (SHO) Ravi Dutt said, “We are registering a case under Section 392 (punishment for robbery) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unidentified men.”

First Published: Feb 20, 2018 00:33 IST