A major robbery in a busy business locality behind the District Collectorate building here sent shock waves across the Commercial Capital when an armed miscreant robbed Galaxy Fast Track Forex (Goa) Pvt Ltd of Rs 1.20 crore at knife point on Friday evening.
Senior police officials led by Superintendent of Police, South, Tony Fernandes, DySP Umesh Gaonkar and PI Tushar Vernekar rushed to the spot and commenced investigations into the daring robbery.
The incident occurred between 7.15 pm to 7.30 pm when the lone robber entered into the shop located in front of Tato hotel on the pretext of exchanging 500 dollars. At that time, the owner M A Munaf had gone to offer Namaz, while the shop was being manned by the two office girls Surrag Shet and Tarumman Agha.
Surrag Shet told the police that the medium built man, wearing a blue coloured jacket and hand gloves, came inside with the helmet on his head and was wearing a monkey cap. Shet said that before coming to the shop, the man called the office from a coin box and informed that he wanted to exchange 500 dollars.
No sooner he entered inside, the accused removed a knife and threatened Agha to part with the money bag, which was lying near the counter. Fearing for their lives, the duo pointed at the currency bag, the accused lifted away the bag and rushed out. An alert youth tried to nab the robber who was trying to flee away on his black colour scooter, but could only manage to lay his hands on the bag which contained the knife and other items. “We had no time to cry for help as the accused came and left the shop within minutes”, Shet told the police.
Munaf told SP, South Tony Fernandes that he rushed back to the shop from the place of worship after being intimated by his two employees.
Foreign currency that was lifted away in the bag includes 2026 US dollar, 117695 pounds, 1160 euros, 86205 KD, 3000 QR, 182360 AED, 270 Australian dollars, besides cash of Rs 1 lakh.
If the owner is to be believed, he has been holding the currency with him since the last five days and was supposed to surrender in the designated city-based banks. Normally, the currency was being kept on the mezzanine floor, but since it was time to close the shop for the day, the bag was brought near the counter, he added.
The police has recorded the statements of the girls and interrogated the shop owner.
DySP Gaonkar has asked the owner to submit details of the entries and transactions to the police for investigations. The police has alerted all the police stations soon after the incident. Cuncolim PI Nelson Albuquerque and Konkan railway police station DySP Mapne also visited the spot.
A police dog was pressed into service, but failed to provide any clue to the men-in-uniform. Police are investigating the robbery in all angles, and are also probing into any dispute the owner had in respect with the shop.