He’s the sexual predator many unfortunate women have seen, but he’s also the pervert the police hasn’t been able to lay a hand on.
Greater Noida’s mysterious flasher has been having a free run of sorts in the Omicron 1A society, where he targets Block C most of the time. He looks for women, singly or in groups, and strips before them. When chased, he flees, and is apparently fleetfooted enough to not have been caught even once. Residents say he has been doing this for a long time and that they lodged a case at the Greater Noida police station last month.
The society is located in an isolated stretch in Greater Noida and, the police says, the man is taking advantage of this isolation.
Residents describe him as being in late 30s, around 5 feet 9 inches, with curly hair. Women residents say they are now afraid to venture out alone for fear that he might harass them.
Last Thursday, the man showed up near the society again in the afternoon, residents said. This time he came on a motorcycle wearing a helmet, but without any clothes. He started making obscene gestures to some women who were standing on their balconies. He then tried to hug a woman waiting for her child’s school van. “The women shouted and all of us ran towards him, but he managed to escape,” said Anil Singh, RWA president Omicorn 1A, C block.
In July, the man had chased a couple of women who had gone to drop their children to a nearby play school. He chased them in a car all the way to their society, and fled when they raised the alarm.
He was back the very next day, residents said, carrying a a gun this time and offering lifts to women. He was completely naked. When chased, he managed to escape. A couple of days later, he parked his car in front of the society and when he saw a group of women waiting for their children, he again stripped and made lewd gestures at them.
“We were not able to note down the number of his car or motorcycle. It seems like he comes prepared and flees whenever somebody raises the alarm,” Singh said.
The residents of the area were so traumatized by these incidents that last month, they mistook a resident of their society who was sitting with his friend in a car for the streaker. They chased him, armed with sticks and rods, before realising that the occupants of the car were residents of their colony.
Superintendent of police (rural), Sanjay Kumar Yadav said, “A case has already been registered. A PCR team has been deputed in the area. It seems like the accused is mentally ill. We will nab him soon.” Residents have told the police that they would begin a protest if the man isn’t arrested soon. “It’s been more than a month since a case was registered but the police have failed to arrest him,” Singh said.