In a case of carjacking, a 36-year-old software professional from Indirapuram in Ghaziabad was allegedly abducted by three armed men along with his new XUV on Friday evening and dumped 160km away in Moradabad, after nearly six hours. The robbers then fled with the car.
The family of the victim, Ashutosh Khare, has claimed that the robbers also withdrew Rs 1 lakh from his bank account using his ATM card.
The incident took place when Ashutosh, employed with a firm at Sector 2 in Noida, was returning home from office in the evening. Around 6pm, he stopped near NH-24 to buy coconuts.
“The area is adjacent to the Vaishali Sector 4 market. There, three armed men forcefully entered my husband’s car and drove towards NH-24. They took his ATM card and withdrew Rs 1 lakh from two ATMs on the way. They then gave him some sedatives which made him dizzy. Around 11.45pm, they dumped him in Moradabad. They did not physically hurt him,” said Ashutosh’s wife Amrisha Khare.
“In Moradabad, he approached some local residents for help and called me. We then approached the Moradabad police and they immediately helped him. Probably, the new XUV that he had purchased in December attracted the criminals,” she said.
The station house officer at Kundarki police station in Moradabad said they have lodged an FIR for robbery and causing hurt by means of poison, among other charges, after Ashutosh’s family submitted a police complaint.
“The case was lodged and the victim along with his family members was sent to Ghaziabad early Saturday morning,” said Nitin Tiwari, senior superintendent of police at Moradabad.
Ghaziabad police officers, meanwhile, said during initial investigation, it has been found that one ATM withdrawal from Ashutosh’s account was made at Vijay Nagar while the other was done in Moradabad.
They, however, said the owner of the coconut vend, from where Ashutosh claimed he was abducted, has denied seeing any armed men.
“We have called Ashutosh for the complete sequence of events in the case. The FIR lodged at Moradabad will be transferred to Ghaziabad and more IPC sections could be added during investigation. Our teams have started the investigation and are trying to trace the criminals,” said Ajay Pal, superintendent of police at Ghaziabad.