A human resource manager with an international NGO was shot at and his family held hostage for 15 minutes in an attempted robbery on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway on Sunday night.
The assailants shot Yadu Nishant Nair in the right thigh when he was returning home in Greater Noida’s Jalvayu Vihar with his family around 10.30pm after dinner at a food court in Nehru Place, Delhi.
He is now undergoing treatment at Yatharth hospital in Sector 110, Noida.
Wife Madhushree Nair alleged that a green Maruti SX4 stopped in front of their car when they were about to exit the expressway for their home, prompting her husband to apply the brakes and honk.
Madhushree was sitting next to her husband while her sister-in-law and the couple’s three-year-old daughter were in the rear seat.
Suddenly two men came out, one armed with a firearm, and broke the windowpane on the driver’s side with the pistol butt, she said. They grabbed hold of her husband, assaulted him and abused the family.
“We kept pleading them to take away whatever they wanted and leave us. While we were begging for mercy, one of the attackers shot my husband in his thigh. My husband was profusely bleeding but the attackers ignored his screams,” she said.
“Then they tried to enter our car, one in the front seat and the other in the rear. I touched their feet to leave us. When they noticed cars on the road, they left us and fled.”
A couple on a scooty guided the Nairs to Yatharth hospital.
“I called police but they said it would take them five to 10 minutes to reach the spot. My husband drove the car despite the wound to reach the hospital. Police reached the hospital and noted down our complaint. It has been over 12 hours now and we have yet to get a copy of the FIR. No policeman has approached so far,” Madhushree alleged.
Anil Pratap Singh, inspector of Kasna police station, dismissed the allegation.
“We registered the FIR that very night. Two police teams are investigating the case,” he said.
The incident underscores rising highway crimes in Noida and Greater Noida where, besides robberies at night, road rage is quite common too.