A petrol pump owner in Kurali was stabbed and robbed by two unknown persons posing as Punjab policemen here on Friday evening near Kurali.
According to police, the victim has been identified as Ravinder Pal Singh (57), a resident of Sector 42, Chandigarh. Singh owns a gas station on National Highway 3 near Banmajra village.
Sources from police said that the incident took place on Friday evening while Singh was heading towards his residence to Chandigarh in his car, carrying a bag of cash. After Singh reached National Highway 3, two men wearing police uniforms stopped him for checking and asked the victim for the documents of the car.
While the victim turned to take out the papers from the dashboard of the car, the duo started to abuse him. When Singh asked the duo to behave decently, the two entered into an argument with Singh. The argument heated up so badly that one of the accused stabbed a knife in the chest of Singh.
The duo then stole the bag of the victim containing cash and managed to escape. Meanwhile, a local passerby saw Singh bleeding and informed the police; he was immediately rushed to PGI for treatment where his condition is stated to be critical as he was referred to ICU later.
Meanwhile, the police have scrutinised the CCTV footage of the camera installed in a nearby area to get clues about the accused. DSP and SHO of Ropar district also reached PGI to record the statement of the victim. A police official said that in the preliminary investigation it was found that the duo were drunk as there was a smell of liquor coming out of the car and Singh was a teetotaller, according to his family members.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the unknown persons for robbery and attempt to murder and special teams were deployed to investigate the crime scene, said a police official.