An autorickshaw driver,along with two others,allegedly robbed the deputy chitnis of Jamnagar district panchyat,Shanta Solanki,and her husband,of cash and valuables worth over Rs 85,000. The incident occurred last week when the couple had come to Ahmedabad to meet their son,the police said.
The couple had boarded a share autorickshaw for Vejalpur after getting down at the Kalupur railway station late that night. While Shanta was made to sit on the rear seat with two other passengers,the driver made her husband sit beside him. En-route,the youths seated on the rear seat,flicked Rs 5,000 in cash,a mobile phone and a bank ATM card from Solankis handbag.
Vejalpur Inspector G R Gadhvi said: He told the victims that police security had been heightened in the city that night and they will have to get down,otherwise he will have to pay a penalty for ferrying more than the allowed number of passengers. He apologised to the elderly couple and offered to get them another autorickshaw. He also waived the fare.
Gadhvi added that it was after reaching their sons place that they came to know about the theft. At that time,they apparently had no idea about the ATM card missing.
It was on Thursday that they came to know that a sum of Rs 80,000 had been withdrawn from their Jamnagar bank account.
She remembered that she had scribbled the cards four-digit secret pin code on its cover, Gadhvi added.