A Swift DZire car was looted at gunpoint in Farrukh Nagar on Monday night, police said. The owner is a manager at a private firm in IMT, Manesar.
Kulvinderjeet Singh was on his way to attend a marriage function with one of his friends, Ishant. At 11pm, they parked the car near Munda Khera underpass and were waiting for friends who were supposed to join them. In the mean time, four unknown persons approached the duo and snatched the keys at gunpoint from Ishant who was sitting on the driver's seat. The accused then pulled him out from the car and beat him up. When Kulvinderjeet tried to intervene, one of the robbers assaulted him and hit his head the butt of a pistol. The victims somehow managed to reach the police station to report the matter. "We are investigating the matter and a case has been registered. We have formed teams to nab the criminals," said a senior police official. The police suspect the role of a carjackers' gang in this case. In the past, there have been several cases of cars being looted at gun point in Gurgaon. In January, a man was robbed off his WagonR in Sector 56 in broad daylight and criminals fled with a Bolero car on NH-8. In most cases, criminals take advantage of thin police presence late at night and early morning.
Special squad added with 10 PCR vans
Amid rising cases of vehicles thefts in the city, the Gurgaon police have launched a special squad with 10 dedicated PCR vans and 150 personnel. The team will also keep a strict vigil on areas which don't have a police post as criminal often take advantage of the situation.
A total of 2,800 vehicles theft incidents were reported in year 2011, as compared to 2,480 in year 2010.
"All officials in charge of PCRs have been instructed to increase the frequency of patrolling in their respective areas. Now, PCR vans can reach anywhere within few minutes of a distress call," said Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (crime), Gurgaon police.
At present, the city police have around 43 PCR vans. In March 2011, with the addition of 40 new bikes in the police squad, the total strength of the motorcycle squad has gone up to 140.
PCR is the backbone of the police system and officers on emergency vehicle are the first to inspect crime scenes, Dayal said.
"Regular movement of PCR vans also helps deter anti-social elements," he added.