Rogue cabbies are having a free run as the police have failed to act against criminal gangs in the city.
In a shocking incident, which came to light on Friday, a gang of criminals assaulted a company executive and robbed him of cash and valuables on September 15. More shocking was the response of the police who registered a simple case of theft and yet to begin investigation. On the fateful day, Rohit Singh, the victim, was waiting for a cab at Iffco Chowk when a car pulled up before him. "There were four passengers in it. Soon after I got into it they started beating me up. They took me to Rajiv Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk twice over," said Singh, who works in the sales department of Future Group.
"They took away Rs 13,000, my laptop and mobile phone. They forced me to withdraw Rs 15,500 from an ATM counter at Sohna at 10.30pm. They, then, took me to Bhiwadi and withdrew Rs 25,000 from another ATM booth at 12.30am," he added. The victim somehow managed to escape and reported the matter at the Sector 29 police station. According to the victim, the police registered a simple case of stealing. "We are investigating the matter and a case has been registered against unknown persons. We have formed several teams to nab the criminals," said Maheshwar Dayal, DCP, east Gurgaon.
Crimes on the rise
Although considerable number of residents work in night shifts in IT firms that dot Gurgaon, the police have failed to give a foolproof security environment to the population. Incidents like looting, robbery and snatching by cabbies and criminal gangs are common, especially in late nights.
Many employees depend upon cabs for commuting and criminal cabbies exploit their vulnerability. The city doesn't have an effective public transport system.
In August this year, cabbies picked up a man from Iffco Chowk and robbed him of Rs 3,600 after bashing him up. Anwar, a small-time trader from Rajasthan, was then thrown out of the moving car. However, the next day the victim helped the police to nab the culprits.
In 2006, cabbies killed a 50-year-old trader after looting Rs 1,400 from him. His body was dumped at a secluded place near Farrukhnagar. Gurgaon police later busted the gang.