It is said the police uniform is a powerful thing. And none, perhaps, know this better than criminals.
In the last 24 hours, two sets of impostors used the police uniform to attempt a kidnapping and effect a robbery in two corners of Delhi.
In both cases, the victims had stopped their cars for the assailants only because they thought they were cops.
Kidnapping Bid in Rohini
The timely presence of a Police Control Room (PCR) van intervened in the abduction of a businessman on Tuesday night.
The incident took place in Rohini—a vast township in Outer Delhi at around 9 pm.
According to police, a businessman, identified as Mohan Lal, was driving to his Rohini home in his Honda city car when two men—posing as sub inspectors—stopped him near Sector 16 and asked him to accompany them to the police station in connection with a complaint that had been lodged against him.
Lal is in the construction business.
"Lal agreed and the two men sat in his Honda city car. When Lal was about to take a turn for the local police station he was told that he was required to come to some other police station," said Vicky, Lal's relative. "This made Lal suspicious and he refused to go with them."
"On this, the two men tried to force Lal to drive. Lal raised an alarm and shouted for help."
Fortunately, police officers in a PCR van, which was passing by, noticed the scuffle going on inside the car and came to Lal's rescue.
Vicky said that the one of the assailants escaped from the spot.
However, one of them identified as Vaibhav was nabbed.
The police have registered a case of attempted kidnapping and are trying to trace other accused.
Four motorcycle-borne assailants, two of them disguised as traffic policemen, waylaid a businessman and robbed him off Rs. 22 lakh at gunpoint in Keshavpuram in Northwest Delhi on Wednesday morning.
The incident took place at 11.45 am when the victim was going to deposit the money in the nearby Punjab National Bank branch.
Police said that the businessman, Akshay Aggarwal, who runs a Chinese mobile phone shop in Chandni Chowk, was on the way to Keshavpuram in his Honda City car when the incident occurred.
On the way, police said, two men on a motorcycle wearing uniforms similar to those of traffic police personnel, intercepted his car and asked him to stop.
According to police, as Aggarwal paused to ask them why they had stopped him, one of the men drew out a gun and asked Aggarwal to hand over the bag containing the cash.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) NS Bundela said, "Aggarwal stopped the car thinking that they were traffic police."