Diamonds worth Rs 1.75 crore looted from Mumbai trader

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Phagwara, Oct 10 (UNI) Six unidentified armed robbers, attacked and seriously wounded a Mumbai based diamond merchant and snatched diamonds worth Rs 1.75 crore last night.

The robbery took place between Goraya and Phillaur on NH-I.

Giving details, Phillaur DSP Rajinder Singh Sohal that the diamond trader, Vivesh Shah (38) had arrived at Ludhiana on the Shatabadi Express yesterday morning. After selling some of the precious stones to traders in Ludhiana, he hired a taxi for Amritsar, where he was to sell the remaining diamonds.

Mr Sohal said that according to a complaint lodged at the Phillaur police station, the robbery was committed with the conivance of the taxi driver who halted the vehicle near Bakapur crossing on the pertex of easing himself. The robbers, who were six in number and had probably been following the taxi, then approached the diamond merchant and asked him to hand over the bag containing the precious stones.

Mr Sohal said that when the businessman resisted their attempts he was attacked with sharp edged weapons. The thieves then fled in the taxi alongwith the tax driver.

Jalandhar SSP, P K Rai alongwith other senior police officials rushed to the spot.

The police has registered a case under Section 392 IPC. The diamond merchant with minor injuries was admitted at the Phillaur hospital.

The DSP said that sketches of the robbers and the taxi driver would be released soon. He said that a police party had been sent to Ludhiana to get the identity of the taxi driver.

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