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The quick dinner that turned into a traumatic night

Last year, December 26 began as a routine Tuesday for me. On the way back from work, I decided to meet my wife at the Bisque Bakery in DLF City Phase 2 for a quick bite. HT reports.

india Updated: May 27, 2013 00:35 IST
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Last year, December 26 began as a routine Tuesday for me. On the way back from work, I decided to meet my wife at the Bisque Bakery in DLF City Phase 2 for a quick bite.

I parked my car in front of the Indian Overseas Bank in Block K, about 200 metres from the bakery, and my wife parked her's in front of the Samrat bakery. We met, enjoyed some good food and decided to go drive back home in ours cars.

The walk back to the parking lot, however, turned into one of the most harrowing experiences I have ever had.

As I entered my car, a man came out of nowhere, forced his way from the left and pushed me inside the car.

In no time, another entered the car from the right and the duo pinned me down against the seat. A third grabbed my neck and told me to keep mum, threatening to shoot me if I uttered a word. The men then drove my SUV towards Pilakhua (Hapur) in Uttar Pradesh. They brutally assaulted me and robbed me of everything I had.

It was a nightmare. Armed with pistols, the assailants had tied up my hands and blindfolded me. After about three hours, they dumped in the middle of nowhere with my laptop bag.

With no idea where I was, a passerby came to my rescue and untied my hands. I quickly called up my family who came and took me to a hospital as I had been badly beaten up.

After reuniting with my family I was told that they approached the police but they took no action on the complaint. They had dismissed it, saying I must have been with friends.

An FIR was lodged but nothing much has been done. I don't have my car back and the carjackers withdrew Rs 25,000 from a ATM using my card.

(The writer is an export house executive and a resident of DLF Phase 2)