The accused, Habeeb (25), works for Anjaneyulu, a chilli merchant in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. According to police, Anjaneyulu sent Habeeb to collect money from chilli sale and outstanding dues from others, a total amounting to Rs 71.59 lakh from Solapur in Maharashtra.
“Anjaneyulu asked Habeeb to travel to Guntur district with another lorry which was travelling from Solapur to Guntur as the lorry owner is a known person to the complainant,” said DSP, Patancheru, Rajeswara Rao.
Habeeb along with the lorry driver was travelling, when the vehicle reportedly broke down. “The driver of the lorry stepped out of the vehicle to push it, when Habeeb escaped with the lorry and the cash, leaving the driver on the road near Toopran,” added the DSP.