The driver of a van carrying Rs 24 lakh,collected from 12 electricity bill centres,fled with the cash after his accomplice threw chilli powder at the cashier who was guarding the money in the vehicle on Friday.
Baburam Agarwal,who has been given the contract of collecting bills of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) and runs 12 such centres,registered a complaint.
On Friday night,Agarwal dispatched Rs 24 lakh in the van along with cashier Raju Gaikwad and driver Ramesh Chauhan. As per the statement given by Gaikwad,when they reached a secluded spot near Jai Jui Residential Society in Yerawada,Chauhan slowed down the van and lowered the glasses. An unidentified man who was standing outside,threw chilli powder at Gaikwad following which Chauhan and his accomplice fled from the spot with the bag of cash.
Assistant Police Inspector S Dubal of Yarwada police station,who is investigating the case,said,Chauhan has been working with Agarwal for the past three-four months. Surprisingly,they have not kept any record of his address or other details. We have launched a search to nab the suspects. We are working on some clues in the case.