A city resident was on Saturday robbed of `30,000 in cash and his cellphone at knifepoint by an auto driver and his associate at Kilpauk.
Police sources said K Adithya (37), a businessman residing at Rajaratnam Street at Kilpauk, had hired the auto as the vehicle was passing near his house, to reach the Central railway station. Though another person was accompanying the auto driver Adithya did not object to it. Adithya was leaving for
Bangalore and had booked a ticket in a train leaving from the Central station.
After the auto reached Barnaby Road, the person accompanying the auto driver whipped out a knife and threatened Adithya to hand over cash he was carrying. “After they snatched `30,000 cash and his cellphone at knifepoint, the duo pushed Adithya out and fled from the spot,” said a police source.
Adithya could not immediately inform the police as he didn’t have his phone. While local sources said Adithya lodged a complaint with the Kilpauk police, a police officer refused to acknowledge the incident. “I did not hear about the incident,” said an officer with the Kilpauk Crime Police Station.
The State government had proposed to install GPS systems in autos in the city to enhance the security of the passengers. But it is yet to take off.