A taxi driver and his friend allegedly robbed and tried to rape two women bouncers of a private firm in Gurgaon in a cab on the way to New Delhi early on Saturday.
A police officer said on Sunday the two women bouncers hailed the taxi near Iffco Chowk for a lift to go to their south Delhi homes after leaving office, unaware that driver Vikas and friend Pawan, whom he picked up a while later, had evil intentions.
The two accused first robbed the women of their jewellery and cash amounting to Rs 28,000.
When the women fought back, Pawan pulled out a pistol and attempted to rape one of them.
The other woman, police said, tried to overpower the driver of the Haryana-registered Mahindra Xylo. In the tussle, he lost control of the car and hit a road divider.
As the car keeled over and stopped, the women managed to get out and shout for help. Passersby came to their rescue and nabbed Pawan, who was later handed to police.
Driver Vikas was caught on Sunday from a house in which he was hiding after bolting from the accident spot.
“The driver escaped with the jewellery, cash and weapon,” says the women’s complaint note at DLF Phase 2 police station.
Station house officer Sudeep Kumar said Vikas is from Aligarh district in Uttar Pradesh and lives in Feroze Gandhi colony of Gurgaon. Pawan, who lives in Gurgaon’s Pratap Nagar, is a native of Bahadurgarh in Haryana.
They were charged with criminal intimidation, snatching, and attempted rape.
This is second alarming incident of crime against women in and near Gurgaon this month. A 35-year-old married woman was allegedly gang-raped and murdered by her husband’s relatives and her body dumped inside an abandoned SUV in the Nagina area of Mewat on October 19.
Barely a week before, a 27-year-old garment company employee was allegedly gang-raped by her brother-in-law and three others in a car.