He waylaid them on a dark street, robbed them at gunpoint in a moving autorickshaw and finally lured them to a secluded spot - with his armed, biker associate in tow - and demanded that they swear against reporting the matter.
A 21-year-old event manager, his friend and the driver of the autorickshaw which they were aboard ran into the conscientious robber in question and his associate at south Delhi’s Hauz Khas on Saturday evening.
“We had boarded an auto from the Green Park metro station and were headed to Panchsheel Enclave,” the victim, Ujan Dutta, told police.
“Around 10:15 pm, when we were still on our way, a biker approached our auto from behind on a service road near the Max Hospital and asked us to pull over. Thinking that he was a policeman, the driver stopped.”
As soon as they pulled over, Dutta told the police, the man got inside the vehicle, pointed his weapon at him and his friend and demanded that they loosen their purse strings - literally.
Dutta and his friend promptly handed over R 1600 in cash and four debit cards, which were readily accepted by their assailant as he kept threatening to blow them to bits at the slightest sound they made to attract public attention to the robbery bid underway.
“He demanded that the auto halt as soon as we had descended the Nehru Place flyover. Then, when we thought he was going to hurt or attack us, he asked us to place our hands on his head and swear on our parents and God that we wouldn’t tell anyone about it,” Dutta said.
“We did what we were told - but my friend’s father told us we better tell the police; so we made a complaint.” A case of robbery has been registered at the Hauz Khas police station. The accused duo remains absconding.