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Tribune press service

Amritsar, March 4

Two people on bicycles snatched a bag containing more than Rs 73,000 from an employee of a finance company near the village of Rajdhan under the Mehta police station here on Thursday evening.

The victim, identified as Rahul Jatav from Karoli district in Rajasthan, was heading towards Baba Bakala on his bicycle after taking deposits from customers when the face-covered accused stole the money from him.

In his complaint to the police, he said he worked as a group manager with Bharti Finance Limited at the Baba Bakala branch. He said he collected payments from customers in the villages of Butar Khurd, Butar Sevian, Ramdiwali and Chananke.

He said he was going to Baba Bakala village from Nath Di Khuhi village when the cyclists approached him. They were armed with sharp weapons. He said before he could understand they snatched his bag containing Rs 73,376, tab, biometric machine and company documents.

The police registered a case under Article 379-B of the ICC against unidentified persons in this regard, while further investigation was underway.

Meanwhile, passers-by caught a thief in Nathupur village area when he tried to escape after snatching a mobile phone from Ranjit Singh from Bhakna Kalan village falling under Gharinda police station here late Thursday evening.

He told the police that after having dinner he was heading to the village of Nathupur for a walk. A few meters from his home, three people snatched his cell phone. He then recounts that he gave the alert, passers-by grabbed one of the suspects while his two accomplices managed to flee. He was later identified as Gurpreet Singh from Nathupura village. He was then handed over to the police.

Deputy Inspector Ranjit Singh said a case under Sections 379-B, 411 and 34 of the IPC has been filed against him and his two unidentified accomplices. He was brought before a court and taken into custody for further questioning. Raids were underway to catch his accomplices, he added.