Pune : A 23-year-old three-star hotel manager Sushant Prabhakar Jagdale based in Hinjewadi was allegedly kidnapped by four unidentified persons. They offered the manager a lift in a car, after which he was manhandled and robbed at knife-point to the tune of Rs14,500 in the wee hours of Monday near the Wakad Octroi post at Hinjewadi.
The robbers decamped with a wallet containing Rs3,500 cash, a wristwatch and a mobile phone. A complaint in this regard has been lodged by Jagdale of Umakanat Paradise, Baner at the Hinjewadi police station.
The incident took place when Sushant was returning home after work at Hotel Northern Frontier at Hinjewadi.
Speaking to dna, Sushant said, "Everyday after work, my colleague, who stays at Warje Malwadi drops me to my residence at Baner. However, on Sunday night, he dropped me at Wakad bus stop instead, at around 12 am. After waiting for 10 minutes, a white Indica halted at the stop and offered me lift. Considering that it was night, I sat in the rear seat. Four persons were already inside the car. After traveling for some distance, one of the passengers asked the car driver to stop, saying he was not felling well. Following which, I got suspicious and asked the driver to stop the car. He halted the car in darkness. The two people sitting next to me started hitting me. One of them threatened me with a sharp-edged weapon, while the other two took my wallet, watch and mobile phone."
"After taking my all valuables, the suspects drove in Balewadi's direction, and eventually dropped me in front of Indus company located on the Mumbai-Bangalore highway. Thereafter, I walked for two kilometers, and with the help of another hotel manager friend I reached home." Sushant added.
Sushant further said, "I was very scared so I did not note down the car's number. I wanted to leave the area as soon as possible."
About the suspects' description he said, "The robbers were drunk and speaking Marathi. They had weapons too. Before letting me off the car, they threatened me to kill if I go to the police."
The Hinjewadi police had detained three suspicious persons in this case, but all of them turned out to be false leads. Prima facie the police claimed that there is possibility of history-sheeters being involved in the case.
Speaking to dna, police sub-inspector PN Pawar said, "We had detained three suspicious persons in the case, but in vain. We are also taking details of past criminals to establish link in the case. As of now, we have no clues in the case."