Army officer’s wife robbed by ‘tyre puncture’ gang in West Delhi
A 42-year-old woman, the wife of a serving Indian Army officer, became the latest victim of Delhi’s notorious “tyre puncture” gang as two motorcycle-borne men broke the window pane of her car and fled with her handbag, which was kept on the front seat.
The incident took place around 8.30pm on Wednesday in front of the Delhi Traffic Police headquarters at Todapur in west Delhi’s Inderpuri.
The stolen handbag contained ₹20,000, sunglasses, credit card and other valuables.
A case of under sections 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code was registered at the Inderpuri police station on the army officer’s wife’s complaint. Even two days after the crime, the police are yet to make any breakthrough in the case.
The woman, in her complaint said that she driving her Honda City car back home from a gymnasium in Rajouri Garden when the crime took place. She said that two men on a bike were following her as she started driving from the gym.
“As my wife crossed Loha Mandi traffic signal, the pillion rider gestured as if a tyre of her car was deflated. However, she did not pay any heeds and continued driving. After a few kilometres the biker made similar gesture again but being aware of tyre puncture gangs active in Delhi, she did not stop,” said the woman’s husband, who requested that his name and designation be not be disclosed.
According to woman’s husband, as his wife reached near Traffic Police headquarters at Todapur, the driver of a white van that was moving ahead of her car applied sudden brakes and stopped the car in the middle of the road. The woman also applied brakes to avoid the collision. The bikers were moving ahead of the van.
“As my wife stopped, the pillion rider walked towards her car. Before she could understand anything, the man smashed the front passenger side’s window glass, probably with a metal knuckles he was wearing. He immediately picked up her handbag from the front passenger’s seat and fled on the bike,” the Army officer said.
The officer said that his wife panicked and started trembling after witnessing the crime. She somehow calmed herself and drove the car for around four kilometres to the next crowded area. She called her husband on his cell phone and informed him about the crime. The couple then approached the local police and filed a case.
“We scanned the footage of some CCTV cameras installed around the crime spot. One of the cameras caught the suspects fleeing on the bike. Efforts are on to identify and nab the robbers,” said Sameer Sharma, additional deputy commissioner of police (west).