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Palam Vihar serial robber strikes again

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, April 19, 2013
First Published: 02:11 IST(19/4/2013) | Last Updated: 02:13 IST(19/4/2013)

In yet another mystery robbery in Palam Vihar, an armed man in police uniform broke into a house on Wednesday morning and sped away with booty worth Rs. 5 lakh in an expensive-looking car. The incident reported from J Block has triggered panic among locals.

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According to the police, it was the 20th such incident in the locality since January involving the same man. The police, however, have failed to arrest the accused till now.

In a major lead for the police, the latest incident was captured on CCTV camera and the footage is being examined. The camera, which was installed in the neighbouring house, recorded entire sequence showing how the mystery robber fearlessly conducted a recce before opening the gate and parking his car inside.

“In the CCTV footage, a man dressed in khaki entered my house around 11 am after my wife left to attend a religious function. The man parked his car inside and broke into the house. In less than 15 minutes, he fled with Rs. 3.90 lakh in cash and other valuables,” said Rajender Rana, a resident of J Block in Palam Vihar.

The victim has registered an FIR for loot with the local police.

The police claim to have formed a special task force to nab the accused.

“In view of the latest case on Wednesday, we have formed a task force. The man should be arrested soon,” said Naresh Kumar, SHO Palam Vihar.

According to the police, the mystery man has also been captured on another CCTV camera during a recent robbery.

“He has been captured on camera earlier. This time, he changed his modus operandi by wearing a police uniform to hide his identity,” said the SHO, who had almost caught the accused during night patrolling a couple of days ago. But he managed to flee after brandishing a revolver at the team.

“He trained a gun at the SHO who was in civil attire during the encounter. He managed to flee in a luxury car,” said Sunil Yadav, president of the RWA. Yadav has issued a circular informing people about the chain robberies. Residents have been asked to stay alert and inform the police immediately if the man is spotted again.

Though the robber has been active in the area since January, the police have failed to act, Yadav said. He has also written several letters to the Police Commissioner Alok Mittal about the incidents.


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