Bike-borne assailants armed with country pistols victimised two east Delhi residents half a kilometre apart on Wednesday afternoon.
Both incidents were reported within a span of three hours.
In the first incident, a 32-year-old freelance photographer was allegedly overpowered, assaulted and robbed by five goons outside a public park in east Vinod Nagar.
“The incident was reported from the public park outside the Press Apartments at 3:30 pm,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to .
The victim has been identified as Gajender Singh, who works as a freelance photographer with a popular magazine based in the capital.
“Five burly men ambushed me as soon as I stepped out of the park after clicking pictures of some neighbourhood children who were playing cricket there,” said Singh.
In the ensuing scuffle, the assailants grabbed Singh by the scruff of his neck, assaulted him with sticks, snatched his gold chain and attempted to flee.
“Even as four of them got on two motorcycles and fled, I managed to catch hold of one and dragged him to the Madhu Vihar police station,” Singh said.
At the Madhu Vihar Police Station, however, Singh had to wait for more than two hours to get a copy of his written complaint, even as the single assailant whom he had managed to get his hands on was allegedly let off with a warning.
But the police denied Singh's claims saying, “We have registered a case and are investigating the matter.,” the officer said.
“The accused is in our possession and is cooperating with us,” added the officer.
According to sources, the second incident was reported from outside the Hingleshwar temple.
This spot is located at merely a distance of 500 metres from the spot where Singh was waylaid.
“We received a call about a woman being attacked before being robbed of her gold chain at 5:30 pm,” the officer said. “However, when our officers reached the spot, there was no one present there,” the officer said.