Members of the cabbie gang, who were arrested on Sunday night, confess to have targeted 40 commuters their victims after giving them a lift. Most of the victims were BPO executives and corporate professionals. An HT team spoke to some of them. Uma Shankar Singh, one of the victims, recalled the horror.
He said that he was asked not to turn back after being dumped at a secluded place or else he would be shot dead. Singh was assaulted brutally by the criminals in the Santro car. He was robbed of his laptop and mobile phone. The robbers also used his debit cards to withdraw Rs 16,000 at an ATM booth on November 18 last year. Puneet Sharma, an IT engineer who works with Omaxe Group, fell prey to the gang on December 22 last year.
Sharma was thrashed by the gang members. He got so scared after the incident that he shifted his job location. His mobile phone, wallet with Rs 3,000 cash and other valuable items were taken away. He was punched on the face after he could not recollect the PIN number of his debit card as he was terrified.
December 19 was the worst day for a BPO executive who often took a lift while returning home. At Shankar Chowk, he took a lift in the Santro car. After a few minutes, robbers started punching him.
The executive could not understand what was happening with him. He felt as it was last day of his life. They snatched his ATM card, mobile and wallet. After getting the PIN number of his debit card, the assailants kept on hitting him. He lost Rs 25,000 that night along with his gold chain and ring.
Though the physical scars may go with time, victims say they might never be able to get over the mental trauma.