The incident took place when Akshay had gone to an ATM around 3.30pm and one of the accused approached him. “Akshay said the man told him his employer had not paid him salary and hence, he had stolen Rs 1.3 lakh. He then asked Akshay how to deposit the cash. When Akshay told him the ATM was out of order, the other accused entered and inquired what the matter was and offered help. The other accused asked Akshay for his ATM card for depositing the cash but the teenager refused and left,” said an officer.
Akshay said in his complaint he called Tejas and the duo took an auto. “But the accused followed them till Mahape. The man with the cash asked Akshay for a Rs 2,000 loan and when he refused, he sought the Rs 1,200 he had withdrawn from the ATM in exchange for the Rs 1.30 lakh. But as guarantee he took Akshay and Tejas’s cellphones. When the duo was busy checking the cash, which turned out to be a bundle of papers, the accused quietly escaped,” said the officer.