In yet another instance of highway robberies in Ghaziabad, a senior engineer working with a cellular phone company in Gurgaon was abducted and robbed of his cash and car. The gang of robbers took him hostage for several hours and later escaped with his car.
The robbers, however, ran out of luck when they met with an accident at Bhiwani in Haryana on Tuesday. Two of its members were arrested by the Haryana police.According to the police, the victim, Rakesh Arora, was coming from Vaishali Metro station in his Maruti Swift car towards his Nehru Nagar residence in Ghaziabad city around 9pm. At Sanjay Geeta crossing on Meerut Road, he was stopped and overpowered by the gang.
The three armed men, in the age group of 20 to 25 years, drove his car to Sundar Nagri in east Delhi, where they withdrew R25,000 from an ATM on his card, the police said.
“They drove through Baghpat and later dropped the victim at Muzaffar Nagar before escaping with his car,” said Raghubir Lal, senior superintendent of police.
After dropping the victim, the robbers went to Panipat and later Bhiwani, where they rammed into cattle, some of who were killed.
Villagers at Chand in Bhiwani nabbed two members of the gang — Aas Mohammed and Tahoor Ahmed — while the third accused, Abdul Rahim, managed to escape.
After the Bhiwani police informed their counterparts in Ghaziabad, a police team was sent to identify the criminals and the car. A case was later registered in the incident by Ghaziabad police.
A third accused was nabbed on Wednesday from Pasonda village in Sahibabad, who revealed the entire plot to the police.
This is the second such incident in the recent past when criminals have targeted latest cars and abducted people during late nights from highways or city roads. They stop cars on the pretext of asking an address or to take lift.
“The gang was involved in selling the cars in Haryana. We have identified the men and will nab them soon. Other gangs will also be monitored after they get bail,” the SSP said.