Criminals had a field day on the intervening night of July 14 and 15, when they went on an untamed criminal spree in Gurgaon. Armed goons abducted the executive of a multinational company at gun-point from Sushant Lok, assaulted and robbed him, before dumping him gagged, handcuffed and blind-folded after a two-hour-long ordeal.
In another incident, goons made a botched attempt at abduction by trying to drag a 16-year-old girl from her car in Sector 4.
Both the incidents took place within a span of 15 minutes, between 7.45 p.m. and 8 p.m. and in crowded places. Police blamed the incidents on scarcity of manpower and porous escape routes to neighbouring cities, especially to Delhi.
The first incident was reported from Sushant Lok, where Rahul Sharma (24), a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young was waiting outside his office building to get back home to Sector 21.
“A Tata Indica car, with three armed men inside, screeched to halt in front of me, dragged me inside and sped away. The miscreants assaulted me in the moving car, snatched cash worth Rs 5,000 and two debit cards,” Rahul Sharma told Hindustan Times.
“They forcibly made me reveal the PIN numbers of these cards at gunpoint. The criminals had gagged and handcuffed me and covered my eyes with a piece of cloth,” Sharma added.
He said the goons thrashed him brutally when the Kotak Mahindra debit card did not work.
“Then they halted at another ATM booth of IndusInd Bank and withdrew Rs 50,000 from another Gold ICICI card of mine. They finally dumped me in Sector 15 at 10.15 pm,” Sharma added.
In another incident, that took place at 8 p.m. in the busy Sector-4 market, a group of four criminals in a Maruti Alto forced a Hyundai Santro car to halt and attempted to abduct a 16-year-girl, who was in the car, along with her mother.
“As my wife and daughter raised an alarm and shouted for help, the criminals sped away,” said A. Pathak, the girl's father.
Sushant Lok police station in-charge Jitender Rana said his investigation team had tied up with officials of the IndusInd Bank to access CCTV footage of the ATM booth in Sector 15, where the criminals had withdrawn money from.