A resident of Meerut was robbed of Rs 49,000, his ATM card, mobile phone and wallet at gunpoint by four men while returning home from Mohan Nagar to Meerut in a taxi, the police said.
The police said the victim, Manish Chander, boarded a shared taxi from Mohan Nagar intersection around 9.15 pm on Wednesday.The car already had three passengers, apart from the driver.
“When we reached near Raj Nagar Extension, one of the passengers sitting next to me took out a countrymade gun and threatened to shoot me if I did not hand over all my belongings. I gave him my mobile phone and my wallet which had Rs 400 in it,” the 38-year-old said.
Chander claimed that this did not appease the men and they took him to an ATM nearby and took out Rs 5,000 from his bank account. He was threatened at gunpoint to give the PIN of his ATM card, he told the police.
“The robbers first asked me about my account balance and I told them I have only Rs 5,000 in my account. However, after they took out the cash, they got to know my account balance. After this, the robbers and the taxi driver, who was their accomplice, took me to Muradnagar where they again withdrew Rs 19,000 from another ATM. The men then took me to Modinagar in the taxi and waited till 12 past midnight to carry out a third transaction,” he said.
The last transaction of Rs 25,000 was made by the robbers in Ghaziabad near Meerut Road. After this, the robbers returned Rs 200 to Chander “for him to reach his destination”.
“When they threw me out of the taxi, I tried to read the number plate of the car but there was no number plate on it. It was past midnight and I somehow managed to board a bus for Meerut and reached home,” Chander said.
The victim gave a written complaint at the Mohan Nagar police post under the Sahibabad police station jurisdiction.
“The case does not come under our jurisdiction as the incident occurred at various other places in the district. However, an FIR will be lodged and the case will be transferred to the police stations concerned. The CCTV footage of the ATMs will be taken and the accused will be nabbed soon. Police at Muradnagar, Modinagar and Sihani gate police station have also been alerted about the incident,” said Ashish Srivastava, circle officer, Sahibabad police station.