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Field day for carjackers as Mewat turns safe haven

Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times   Gurgaon, January 14, 2013
First Published: 01:19 IST(14/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(14/1/2013)

Neighbouring Mewat district is increasingly becoming a safe haven for robbers and carjackers, who strike at the Millennium City at their will and rush to their hideouts. Several incidents in the recent past corroborate the fact.

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The luxury car owners, who travel on the Delhi-Jaipur highway and Sohna Road, are living in a state of fear as several gangs operating from Mewat are active.

There has not been a single night when the goons have not victimised an innocent.

On Friday night, a gang, suspected to be from Mewat, dismantled tyres from two SUVs in Sushant Lok Phase 3 and fled the spot.

Nearly a month ago, the Sohna police had arrested two men on December 12 for their involvement in more than 50 tyre theft cases in different parts of the city.

The police had busted a gang of carlifters on December 3 by arresting five of its members. Fifteen members of the gang, which is involved in more than 500 vehicle theft cases, are still at large.

According to the police, more than five gangs have been operating from Mewat.

The Hero Honda crossing on the Gurgaon Expressway has become dangerous for commuters, as many have been targeted by such gangs even during the daytime.

On National Highway-8, the victims have mostly been industrialists from IMT Manesar, who were robbed off their valuables including laptops, mobile phones, etc. in the past few months.

In January 2011, five members of a highway gang were arrested for robbing and torturing more than 40 executives of various companies.

Hailing from Mewat, the accused would offer lift to the victims in their Santro car and later mercilessly thrash them in order to use their ATM cards to withdraw money from their accounts.

The gang, which possessed a country-made pistol, had withdrawn R5 lakh in total using various ATM cards.

The police had recovered the car and gun from the arrested persons.

The gang members were so brutal that in one case they had chewed the fingers of an MNC executive on December 22 after he refused to give them his ATM card.

The notorious maxi-cab gang from Bhaura Kalan village had also unleashed a reign of terror in 2006. They had looted and killed about 30 persons on the highway.


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