Cashing in on the confusion and activity arising from gatari celebrations in the city, five unidentified robbers looted a youth carrying Rs 4.5 lakh on Saturday evening, near Babajan Dargah in Camp.
Wild-chicken chase: Nilesh Kasbe was collecting money from chicken centres near Babajan Dargah on Saturday when he was robbed. File pic
Nilesh Kasbe (21), a resident of Shivane, works for a businessman who supplies chicken to different poultry centres in and around Pune.
According to the complaint he filed at Cantonment police station, Kasbe had gone to Bhosari and Camp on Saturday to collect cash from the chicken centers, as he usually did.
He was heading towards St John’s School from Qureshi Masjid in Camp around 6.30 pm, when two youths on a motorcycle intercepted him. At the same time, three other youths came on another motorcycle and fled with his bag containing Rs 4.5 lakh in cash.
On Saturday, the day the robbery was carried out, many people in the city celebrated Gatari Amavasya, which has come to be the last day to enjoy non-vegetarian food and alcohol before Shravan, the Hindu month of abstinence, begins.
This means that chicken sales shoot up, and the thieves reckoned that Kasbe would have collected a particularly large sum on the day.
Police Inspector B B Mujawar said, “It looks like it was a well-planned criminal activity. We have got some important clues and will soon crack the case.”
“Kasbe has been working with the businessman for the past four years. We are probing all angles, including the possibility of the involvement of his coworkers in the crime,” he added.
The unknown suspects have been booked under section 395 (dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code.