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Abduction bid foiled in Ghaziabad as locals rush to help factory owner

cities Updated: May 30, 2017 21:56 IST

Ghaziabad: The bid by four armed assailants to abduct a 55-year-old factory owner was foiled by alert locals who rushed to his help after hearing the man’s screams.

Seeing the locals, the robbers escaped, the police said.

According to Rakesh Garg, who owns a cable factory in the industrial area, he left his factory around 1pm and had hardly driven 300 metres in his car, when at the T-point, a black Santro hit his vehicle and four men cornered him at gunpoint.

“I was sitting inside and the car’s window was open. Two people got into the front seat from the left while a third took the rear seat. One person remained in the Santro. They asked me for the car keys and told me to turn the ignition on. I refused and they pointed the weapon at me. One of them hit my head with the weapon and I started shouting for help when I spotted some locals coming my way,” Garg said.

“Hearing my screams, the locals ran towards my car and a truck driver also stopped and ran towards me. Seeing this, the robbers gout out of my car and sped away in their car. They were aged between 22 and 30. I can identify them if I see them again,” he said.

Soon after the incident, the police were informed and senior officials also visited the spot. Garg’s wife is a medical superintendent with a city hospital and they stay in upscale Raj Nagar Sector 10.

“We have visited the scene of crime. The family has given a written complaint and we have started investigations. Teams will be formed to probe the case,” said Manish Mishra, circle officer (city).

There have been frequent incidents of snatching in Ghaziabad, including from Kavi Nagar area, in the recent past. In an incident on May 8, a cash collection agent was shot at and robbed of Rs 2 lakh cash by bike-borne robbers. In another incident on the night of May 23, in Raj Nagar, two bikers robbed a printing press owner of gold items and cash at gunpoint.

Despite repeated incidents, the three police stations in Ghaziabad district — Sihani Gate, Kavi Nagar and Murad Nagar — are presently running without the station house officers.