Two persons working for a metal dealer were allegedly robbed of Rs 17.5 lakh on Wednesday evening by four unidentified persons near Khadki railway station on Pune-Mumbai highway.
The money the victims were carrying was to be given to another firm in Pimpri,police said.
Khadki police said the two employees of Golden Metal Corporation in Shukrawar Peth Ram Manikrao Karad (23) of Chikhali and his colleague Harish were carrying Rs 17.5 lakh in a bag and were on their way to Pimpri on Karads bike.
Inspector Nishikant Bhujbal (Crime),who is investigating the case,said,Around 6.10 pm when Karad and Harish
were approaching Khadki railway station crossing,four persons on two bikes caught up with them and pushed Karads bike to one side of the road. Two of them then started hitting Harish who was riding pillion. On seeing this,Karad slowed down the bike and the bag fell from Harishs hand. They picked up the bag and fled.
Bhujbal added,Meanwhile,the two persons on the other bike fled with Karads bike keys to ensure that they were not chased. Karad later registered a complaint with the Khadki police. However,both of them have not yet identified any of the four suspects. They have given us the description of the suspects and information about the bikes but we are yet to identify the robbers.
Bhujbal said,The firm is owned by Abdul Shakurbhai Chowdhary and his partner Pradeep Jain. Jain had asked Chowdhary for Rs 17.5 lakh for a deal. However,as the deal fell through,Jain wanted to return the cash to Chowdhary. He sent the money with Karad and Harish.
Bhujbal added,Both Karad and Harish have been working with the firm for long and carried cash on several occasions in the past. But we are investigating all the possible angles in the case.
Police said that in some of the CCTV clips available from the Khadki railway station crossing,the faces of the suspects were not clearly visible.