Thieves took away Rs. 1.8 lakh after making a hole beneath the bag of a bus passenger while he was standing in the ticket queue at Jubilee Bus Stand in Secunderabad on Saturday.

Kumara Swamy of Adilabad hung the bag to his shoulder and stood at the ticket counter near Karimnagar bus-bay. After collecting the ticket and walking towards the bus, he grew suspicious as he felt the bag becoming lighter.

“He opened it only to realise the cash had disappeared and someone had cut it beneath,” the Marredpally Inspector K. Shashank Reddy said. Swamy, along with his business partner Mallesh, came to the city on some business work and was going to Karimnagar around 5 p.m. when the money was stolen.