HYDERABAD: In a distressing incident, two unidentified persons robbed a jewellery maker of a 10 tolas gold chain and forcefully made the victim consume some corrosive substance at PB Colony under Neredmet police station limits in the city, Friday. However,the police have picked holes in the story, particularly because the victim landed in the hospital hours after the incident.
Though the incident happened around 12.30 pm on Friday, M Mohan, the victim, was taken to the hospital hours later, when his wife came searching for him and found him unconscious inside the shop. Mohan, who was admitted to a hospital, was not in a position to speak as the he corrosive substance had burned his throat.
The incident took place at around 12.30 pm at Sri Sai Balaji Jewellery workshop situated at PB Colony. The 39-year old victim was rescued by his wife at around 6.30 pm. As the miscreants had downed the shutters of the shop before leaving Mohan was left struggling inside the shop.
According to a written statement given by the victim, the two persons walked into the shop asking for gold rate and while conversing they suddenly attacked him.They snatched a 10 tola gold chain and before leaving, made Mohan drink the corrosive substance.
Mohan runs a small time workshop in a residential area where he takes up alteration and repair works of gold ornaments. At the time of incident, no one else was present on the streets. Incidentally, there was no gold at the shop other than what he had kept in his pocket.
Police, however, was not willing to buy the story. “If someone forced the acid down his throat, there should have been some injuries on other parts of the body too. The assailants did not search the workshop and took away only the gold chain that was in his pocket. We are also inquiring into other angles of the case,” said N Chandra Babu, inspector, Neredmet.