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Indian journo on globe-trotting trip robbed in Chile

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An Indian journalist, currently on a globe-trotting journey, was allegedly mugged in Chile by a drug addict who fled with his mobile phone and money.

The scribe, Vishnudas Chapke (33), told PTI he was robbed near Laja Falls (Salta Del Laja), located along Pan-American highway - around 150 km from the Chilean city of Chillan on February 25 when he was seeking a lift on way to

Vishnudas, who escaped the attack unscathed, has requested the Chilean embassy here to help locate the robber and his phone.

"He (the attacker) put a knife on my stomach and ran away with my bag containing mobile, around 200 US dollars and passport.

"Some locals helped chase him in a vehicle. Scared, he dropped the bag at some distance. Luckily, I could get back at least my passport," Vishnudas said in a complaint lodged with local police.

Vishnudas, in Buenos Aires at present, has shared a copy of the complaint with PTI.

The journalist has been circumnavigating the globe by land, hitchhiking and using other low-cost ways to spread awareness on global warming, for a year now.

Originally hailing from Maharashtra's Parbhani, Vishnudas said he reached via Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Australia and Chile, covering an estimated distance of 46,000 kms until now.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 20:22 IST