DCB joins police investigation into looting of Rs 80L from Punjab businessman
The Crime Detection Branch (DCB) of Ahmedabad Police has joined the investigation with the police in a case of looting of Rs 80 lakh from a Punjab-based businessman in Banaskantha.
According to the police, Vishal Singh Soni, a resident of Bhatinda in Punjab and an electronics wholesaler, arrived a few days ago at Tharad in Banaskantha for a gold market at the invitation of a group of men who offered gold at low prices.
According to a complaint filed by Soni, he came into contact with three people — Usman, Ali and Rasool — a few months ago in Kutch. “I continue to travel to Kutch for business purposes and during my last visit, the three defendants offered me three gold biscuits weighing 100 grams each for Rs 9.4 lakh. They then told me that they could get gold biscuits weighing two kilograms for Rs 80 lakh which is 10% less than the market price,” Soni said in her complaint.
According to Soni, he arrived in Palanpur with his brother-in-law a few days ago with Rs 80 lakh cash. “I was asked to reach the crossroads of Tharad in my car and I was asked to follow Usman’s car. We followed him for eight kilometers, after which he stopped his car and asked me to get out of my car. Then a Scorpio SUV drove up and Usman asked me to sit in it with some cash. After I sat in the car, he pulled out a gun and held me at gunpoint. They looted the money and threw me out of the moving vehicle,” Soni added in her complaint.
Police said an FIR under the Robbery, Criminal Intimidation and Weapons Act sections had been filed at Tharad Police Station against six unknown defendants.