November 8, 2008 4:30:42 am
Two pickpockets stole Rs 1 lakh from a 56-year-old businessman as he was travelling in a Blueline in Sarai Rohilla area of the North District in the city. The victim, Avinash Kalia who owns an electrical goods shop in Punjab, had come to Delhi to visit a relative’s house.
The police said they received a call about the incident about 1 pm. When they reached the spot, the victim had stopped the bus and had created an uproar in the area.
Kalia is a resident of Paghwara area of Punjab and had come to attend a function in Delhi. “He was to hand over cash worth Rs 1 lakh to one of his relatives, which he was carrying from home,” the police said.
He had boarded a Blueline (route number 847 from Seema Puri to Uttam Nagar) from New Rohtak Road. He was robbed on his way to his relatives’ place in Uttam Nagar.
Police said Kalia’s pocket had been entirely cut through with a blade by the assailants. “The victim, in his statement, said that after he noticed that his money was missing, he raised an alarm and even noticed two youths getting off the bus and running away,” an officer said. Kalia then stopped the bus and made a call to the police. A case has been lodged at the Sarai Rohilla police station.
“We are questioning the bus driver and the conductor and have sent out teams to arrest the accused,” the senior police officer added.
In a separate incident on Thursday night, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched the bag of a retired MCD primary school teacher, containing valuables and cash amounting to Rs 1.40 lakh, in Vasant Vihar of South Delhi and fled. Police said the victim Manju was headed for her DDA flat residence in Vasant Vihar when the incident took place.
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