They loved to gamble, enjoyed lavish meals at Nizamuddin in Delhi and followed the news. For the Mewat cabbie gang, which was busted by the Gurgaon Police on Monday, highway robberies were fun.
They successfully targeted executives as they seemed to be in a hurry and not aware of what is happening in the city. They had read about Kamlesh Nathani, one of their victims, and knew the police would be vigilant. “We took a break for a few days. But when the police didn’t take any major action, we were back in business,” said a gang member.
The gang had drawn their inspiration from the notorious maxi-cab gang from Bhaura Kalan village that had unleashed a reign of terror in 2006. They had looted and killed about 30 persons on the highway. “But, we had decided not to kill any victim,” mastermind Zubber said.
Like the 2006 group, this gang would target passengers waiting for public transport, one person at a time and four robberies a day, offer them a lift in their Santro car and then rob them.
In most cases, they severely thrashed the victims to get their ATM passwords. However, they said, they were also gentle in some cases. When the victim would beg to spare their company-owned laptops for fear of losing their jobs, they would listen. While some gang members were scared to use electronics gadgets, Zubber was always confident that he would be able to sell them. For Shahid, another accomplice, withdrawing money from ATMs and collecting it was a pleasure.
The gang operated near the highway so that escape would not be a problem.