Three armed men made off with an SUV -- Toyota Fortuner -- of a Gurgaon businessman from the city’s busy DLF Sector 29 market after holding him at gun point in the vehicle for 20 kilometers.
The incident is a stark reminder of the February 4 incident in which armed assailants stole the SUV of Vineet Yadav, son-in-law of Bihar politician Lalu Prasad Yadav, on a busy road in Gurgaon in broad daylight.
The police said that the victim, Devendra Kumar, who owns a shop in old Gurgaon, was returning after having dinner at a restaurant in Sector 29 market at 11: 45pm on Tuesday when he was intercepted by three armed men. One of the assailants snatched the key of his Toyota Fortuner before he could drive away to his home in New Colony, Old Gurgaon, and the other two pushed him out of the driver’s seat and held him at gun point.
The third assailant drove the white SUV and dumped Kumar at Manesar -- 20 kilometres from Gurgaon. Kumar then called the police control room and informed about the incident. He also informed the local police in Manesar.
The police have registered a case at the DLF Sector 29 police station under sections 395 (dacoity), 397 (robbery), 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and some sections of the Arms Act.
“A case has been registered and the investigation is on,” assistant sub-inspector Vinod Kumar, the investigation officer, said.
As many as 10 cars, including the one owned by Vineet Yadav, have been stolen from Gurgaon since November last year. Last week, a group of five men stole a new Honda City from a Delhi-based railway engineer after holding him and his friend at gun point in the car for 20 kilometres in Gurgaon. However, the Gurgaon police arrested the five accused and recovered the car later.