It was a security guard who helped police arrest the four men who had allegedly robbed a luxury car barely two hours after it was snatched by six armed men on a busy Dwarka street on Monday night, police said.
This year alone, 17 incidents of street crimes including road robberies, have been reported in Dwarka. Shockingly, most cases have not been registered.
A real estate executive, Rajesh Sharma, was lucky that the police registered his case. Sharma was allegedly robbed of his Maruti SX4 by six armed men from a bustling road near Sector 12 market in Dwarka when he was returning after a family dinner on Monday night.
The incident took place when all the senior police officers were out patrolling in the area. There were police pickets around the market where the alleged carjacking took place.
“They threw Sharma out of his car at some distance after forcibly entering the vehicle at gunpoint,” said R.S. Krishania, additional commissioner of police (southwest).
Unable to tame the snatchers and robbers in the area, the local police have now started involving the security guards posted in the area as their “watchful eye”.
The police have also started checking the attendance records of guards posted at various housing societies in Dwarka and if they are found absent, the concerned officials are informed and action taken against them.
Police often blame wide roads and Dwarka’s proximity to poorer neighbourhoods like Bindapur and Palam for the increase in street crime. Residents often claim that the police do not register a case until they have gone there with some reference.
“It’s a Herculean task to get a case registered in Dwarka. Every day we hear a complaint where residents have alleged police’s unwillingness to register a case,” said M.K. Gupta of Dwarka Resident’s Forum.
When a 65-year-old man was shot at by three bike-borne men in Dwarka’s Sector-14 in March this year, it took one of her relatives—a Delhi High Court judge to coax the police to register a case.
“We are not revealing the identity of the security guard as he was the one who led us to the robbers. The robbers had rented a room in a housing society in Sector 18. They were planning to flee in the morning, but we arrested them before that,” said the officer.
Police said two others fled in a Wagon R car parked nearby and they were looking for them.