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Posted On : 20 Mar, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : New Delhi 
Indian journo on globe-trotting trip robbed in Chile
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 Argentina.

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 Argentina via Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Australia and Chile, covering an estimated distance of 46,000 kms until now.