Two employees of online shopping portal were robbed by four masked people, who stabbed the duo, and made away with bags containing Rs 23 lakh cash at the Bangalore-Mumbai highway in Pune, on Sunday night.

The victims alleged that the police did not help them, following which they themselves alerted the control room, after which investigations began.

The incident came to light when Vikas Shahaji Nalawade (22), a resident of Amdane wada in Pashan, Pune lodged a complaint against four unidentified persons with the Hinjewadi police station, which falls under the jurisdiction of Pune city police.

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Speaking to mid-day, Vikas said, “We had collected the cash and were returning back to our Wakad office. Suddenly, some people blocked our way, and started stabbing us. I pretended to be unconscious to save my life. This is when they snatched our bags and fled.”

Vikas added, “Later we took an auto, and rushed to the police, but instead of taking down our complaint, they started cracking jokes on us, and neither did they provide any help in getting us treated. We personally went to a hospital, and with the help of doctors, we alerted the control room, following which cops arrived to record our statement.”

Assistant police inspector Amit Dolas of Hinjewadi police station, who is investigating the case, said, “The complainant had Rs 23 lakh with him in three sack bags in blue and black colour. He, along with his office colleague, Ashish Suresh Chandranarayan (26), were heading to the Wakad-based office on Sunday around 10 pm on a bullet bike owned by Ashish. They were using the service road of Banglore-Mumbai highway near Wakad when the four people attacked them. The robbers headed towards Mumbai with the bags.”

According to Dolas, the victims have sustained injuries on face, head and hand. The amount looted was a collection of 10 days, earned from online offers during the ongoing festive occasion.

A case has been registered under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) -- Robbery with attempt to cause death or grievance hurt (397) and an act done by them with common intention (34).