A businessman, a proprietor of a school and an engineer were robbed one after the other by three motorcycle-borne robbers on Tuesday night in Sector 61, Noida.
Businessman Harish was robbed when he was returning home with his wife around 10.40 pm outside Shatabadi Vihar.
“Three youths on motorcycle forced me to halt the car. As the window pane was down, one of them pressed a pistol against my neck and told me to give whatever we had,” Harish told the Hindustan Times .
“My wife is pregnant so to be on the safe side, I got out of the car and gave them my mobile phone and wallet. I asked them to return the SIM card, which they did. They also returned my wallet with the documents intact,” he added.
Even while the robbery was going on, another car driven by Paul Abrahim came that way.
“I thought the car might have broken down and slowed to see if I could help. Suddenly a youth pointed a pistol at me and asked for my mobile phone and wallet. On my request they returned my wallet without the cash. They took my mobile phone and Rs 11,500,” Abrahim said.
Meanwhile a motorcyclist also passed that way. As the cars were parked parallel and the robbers’motorcycle was parked in the centre, he could not pass through. Ankur Bansal slowed down and he was also robbed.
“I thought there was an accident and the drivers may be fighting. I slowed down and before I could understand what was happening, one of the youth at gunpoint asked me to hand over my wallet, mobile phone, gold ring and gold chain. Then I realised the other two may have been robbed too,” said Bansal, an engineer at New Holland Tractors in Greater Noida.
Aditya Ghildiyal, vice-president of the Association of Greater Noida Industries said, “The crime graph has shot up in the recent months. It is not safe to travel at night. Moreover, people hesitate to report the case for fear of being harassed. I had to accompany Ankur to police station to lodge the FIR.”