Three persons made away with an Innova in Vaishali early Saturday morning after subduing its driver but were forced to abandon the vehicle some 14km away as the car owner remotely shut off the engine using GPS technology.
The three men allegedly abducted the driver, 65-year-old Narendra Kaushik, from outside the Red Carpet Party Lawns in Vaishali around 2am on Saturday, the police said.
The police said the robbers drove the car towards Kavi Nagar but had to abandon the vehicle after the car owner remotely locked the engine through a GPS disabler device. The car and the driver were spotted on the Diamond flyover near Kavi Nagar industrial area, the police said.
The car belongs to SN Sharma, a resident of Vivek Vihar in Delhi. His family was attending a party in Red Carpet Party Lawns and the car was parked outside with the driver in it. Although the police said the driver was not harmed, the car owner claimed that the driver was tied and beaten up in the incident.
“He was beaten up and suffered internal injuries. He was also tied up by the robbers. He is in need of medical assistance,” Sharma said.
“We were saved by the GPS device. I had got the car fitted with all necessary security devices after buying it. I will be filing a police complaint,” he said.
“When the owner saw on his mobile that the car was moving, he shut down the engine through a GPS disabler. But he had no information about the carjacking and the car was already near Kavi Nagar. We seized the vehicle from the spot and handed it to the owner. We are still awaiting a complaint,” said Ashish Srivastava, circle officer at Sahibabad police station.
In a carjacking incident on January 29, an IT professional was abducted in his XUV from Indirapuram and later dumped around 160km away at Kundarki in Moradabad district. The robbers also withdrew nearly `1 lakh from the ATM card of the victim.
On February 2, the police arrested three highway robbers for abducting a bank manager from the NH-58 on pretext of offering him a lift to Hapur and then robbing him of `75,000.
On February 3, the police cornered two robbers at Pasonda in Sahibabad and arrested a Mohammad Rahim for stealing a Verna at gunpoint at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border near the Apsara cinema crossing, along with an accomplice Ashu. Rahim was shot and injured during retaliatory fire by the police.