Family in car waylaid on highway, robbed at gunpoint in Ghaziabad
The family was travelling to Baraut and was cornered by the armed robbers who were travelling in a Honda City car around 11pm near ‘Sonu Dhaba’ on SH-57 in Loni.noida Updated: Aug 10, 2017 22:26 IST
In yet another incident of crime on highways in western Uttar Pradesh, the family of a crockery businessman travelling from Delhi to Baraut was waylaid on the state highway 57 (SH-57) in Ghaziabad late Wednesday night and robbed of their valuables at gunpoint.
The robbers made off with jewellery and cash from the family that was travelling in a Hyundai Accent car after holding the women and children at gunpoint.
Mohammad Shehzad, one of the victims, said that he and his brother, Waseem, had gone to Nizamuddin in Delhi to escort his brother’s wife, who got married a fortnight ago, to their residence. The family was travelling to Baraut and was cornered by the armed robbers who were travelling in a Honda City car around 11pm near ‘Sonu Dhaba’ on SH-57 in Loni.
A total of seven persons — Shehzad, his wife, his two children, Waseem and his wife, and their father — were in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
“They cornered our car and one of the men got out holding a car axle in his hand. He broke the window on the driver’s side and held me at gunpoint. Two more robbers held my wife and my six-year-old son at gunpoint. We had no option but to surrender. We requested them to take the belongings but to spare our lives. The incident lasted for five to seven minutes and the robbers took our cash and jewellery,” he said.
The family said that the robbers took jewellery worth Rs2.5 lakh from two women, Rs50,000 and three mobile phones. After the armed robbers fled, the family was left with one phone that they used to call the police emergency number.
“The control room personnel started asking questions instead of our repeated requests for help and a PCR van. After finishing the call, they called us again and started questioning. I got angry and told them to send help first. I assured them that I would answer all their questions at the scene of the crime. A PCR van arrived after nearly 30 minutes after the robbers had fled,” said Waseem, Shehzad’s brother.
The family was taken to Tronica City police station, where they lodged an FIR for robbery against the unidentified persons. The family said that there were four robbers, who were not wearing any mask, in all and said that they were aged between 20 and 22 years.
“We have registered an FIR into the incident and teams have started an investigation to trace the culprits. The family’s allegation that police response was delayed could be due to fear. We have three PCR vans posted on the state highway, till the border of neighbouring Baghpat. The road here is broken in patches and one of our PCR was barely 300-400 metres from the spot of the incident,” said Durgesh Kumar Singh, circle officer (Loni).