An Infosys engineer on his way to Mumbai was robbed at knife-point by a cab driver and a co-passenger on Pune-Mumbai highway early on Saturday.
Revatram Dayaram Chowdhary (32) was made to call up his wife to deposit more money in his account,which the duo withdrew from an ATM using his card. Then they tied him to a tree in Dehu Road area and fled.
Chowdhary,a resident of Wakad,lodged an offence of robbery against two unidentified persons at the Hinjewadi police station.
Assistant Police Inspector C M Suryawanshi,who is investigating the case,said: Chowdhary boarded a private cab near Wakad bridge to go to Mumbai around 5.30 am. After some time,the driver stopped the vehicle on the pretext of checking the tyre. Soon,the two pointed a knife at Chowdhary,blindfolded him and took him to a spot on the Pune-Mumbai highway,where they snatched his bank card.
Police said the robbers first withdrew Rs 10,000 from an ATM but wanted more money. They allegedly made Chowdhary call up his wife and ask her to deposit more money in the account. Afraid the robbers would cause harm to Chowdhary,his wife deposited
Rs 35,000,which the duo withdrew. They also snatched Chowdharys cellphone,blindfolded him again and drove him to a spot in Dehu Road area. Then they got him out of the car,gagged him,tied him to a tree and fled from the spot.
Chowdhary somehow managed to free himself. The robbers had taken away his cellphone,but kept the SIM card in his pocket. He borrowed a cellphone from a local shopkeeper,inserted his SIM card and called a friend to the spot. His friend rushed there and took him back, said Sub Inspector Mahesh Sagade.
An officer said Chowdhary was going to Mumbai for an interview. He sat in the cab thinking it was a regular private car that ferries passengers to Mumbai. Police said the incident is serious as many people working in the Hinjewadi IT Park take private cabs from Wakad to go to Mumbai on weekends.
Hinjewadi police have launched a search for the robbers on the basis of the description given by Chowdhary. Police said the two were in their early twenties and spoke Hindi.