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Two arrested for ‘staging’ armed robbery

An employee of a liquor contractor and his associate were arrested for staging an armed robbery.

Written by Express News Service | Kharar |
March 10, 2011 1:35:18 am

An employee of a liquor contractor and his associate were arrested on Wednesday for staging an armed robbery. Cash amounting to Rs 3 lakh,which they reported was stolen from them on gunpoint,has also been recovered.

Rohit Kumar Joshi and his friend Mohan Singh alias Mohna — residents of Morinda — were arrested after the police found holes in their statements,Kharar SHO Sub-Inspector Harsimran Singh Bal told Newsline. Both accused are in their early 20s.

Joshi,who used to work for a Morinda-based liquor contractor,Maulu Ram,had told the police that he and Mohna were heading to Kharar on a motorcycle to deposit Rs 3 lakh in the bank for his employer. They were stopped by four youths on two motorcycles near Bhagomajra village. “While the robbers beat up Mohna — who managed to flee — they held a pistol on my temple,took the cash and fled,” Joshi had alleged.

On finding the statements of the youth as contradictory,the police put the duo under sustained interrogation,during which,they broke down and confessed of cooking up a false robbery story to usurp the money,said the SHO.

He added that according to Joshi,he wanted to go abroad and needed Rs 2 lakh for the purpose. Thus,in connivance with Mohna,he decided to set up a robbery to pocket the money. While Joshi had kept Rs 2 lakh,Mohna had pocketed Rs 1 lakh.

The police have booked the two for criminal breach of trust,fabricating false evidence,false complaint and criminal conspiracy under Sections 406,192,193,182 and 120-B of the IPC. “We are also investigating their links to find out if anyone else was also involved in the crime,” said the SHO.

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