Gurgaon: Thieves throw chilli powder at fundraising company staff, flee with Rs 96.32 lakh from van

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Five men allegedly threw chilli powder and stole Rs 96.32 lakh in cash at gunpoint from the van of a private fundraising company in Gurgaon on Monday afternoon. According to the police, the accused escaped in a black car.

Police say the incident happened around 1.45pm when two company employees were waiting in a van near Subhash Chowk on Sohna Road, while their colleague drove to a nearby car showroom to withdraw money. Police said the van made collections and came to Gurgaon from Delhi.

In a statement, police said the driver’s side and rear windows were open. The van had no locker and no security guard accompanied them.

Virender Vij, Deputy Commissioner of Police, East, said: “According to preliminary information, five men arrived and threw chilli powder in the eyes of two people sitting in the van. The accused stole a bag containing Rs 96.32 lakh in cash at gunpoint and escaped in a black car. Another bag containing money was not stolen. Several crime branch teams are working to identify the accused.

Vipin, who was sitting in the back seat of the van, said, “We had stopped near Subhash Chowk for a collection. The driver and I waited while our colleague left to collect money. I was checking documents on my phone when the four or five defendants arrived and surrounded the van from both sides. They threw chili powder in our eyes. The accused pulled out a gun and stole the bag containing around Rs 1 crore cash. We had collected money earlier in the day near Delhi airport and Gurgaon.

Police said an FIR was registered against the accused at Sadar Police Station under the relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and Arms Act.

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