It was a deliberate accident by his assailants that made Alstom T&D India MD Rathin Basu come out of his car before he was abducted on Friday night.
And this was not a case in isolation. The police said incidents of such fake accidents for robbery or abduction and criminals posing as government officers to trap their targets are on the rise in Noida.
In a unique modus operandi, desperate criminals crash their vehicles into those of their targets after which they either rob them or abduct them.
Similarly, there is no dearth of cases of robbers posing as police officers or government officials to loot people.
On Tuesday, four armed assailants robbed a manager and driver of a Bareilly-based businessman of Rs 1.15 crore on the Noida-Greater Noida expressway.
They overtook their car and stopped them. They posed as government officials and made them come out of the car after which they robbed the two men at gunpoint.
In another incident, some men in police fatigues robbed occupants of an Innova car in Sector 93A on March 1.
"This is a completely new modus operandi being employed by criminals, mostly to rob people of money and valuables. They would ram their car into your car, forcing you to stop and then moving quickly to rob you," said a senior police officer.
In November 2012, a Noida-based exporter Rajeev Sharma was also kidnapped by the same trick used by Alstom boss Rathin Basu's abductors.
The abductors rammed their car into Sharma's Mercedes. When he stopped and came out of his vehicle near the posh Sector 18 market, they abducted him.
Police said most of these criminals work in small gangs and have one expert driver. Most of the gang members belong to neighbouring districts and have a local contact.
Though number of such cases is rising by the day, the Noida police are yet to initiate measures to prevent such crimes. In fact, many such cases remain unresolved.