Delhi: Three men abduct engineer after ramming into car, rob him in Dhaula Kuan
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Delhi: Three men abduct engineer after ramming into car, rob him in Dhaula Kuan

The three accused first allegedly rammed the car of the victim with their two-wheeler, in order to make him stop and get him out of his vehicle

delhi Updated: Jan 14, 2018 12:05 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Investigators said that the crime took place on a dark stretch of Ridge Road, a few hundred metres from south Delhi’s Dhaula Kuan. (HT Illustration)

A software engineer working in Noida was on Friday kidnapped, thrashed and robbed by three youths travelling on an ungeared vehicle near Dhaula Kuan, police said.

Investigators said that the crime took place on a dark stretch of Ridge Road, a few hundred metres from south Delhi’s Dhaula Kuan. The three accused first allegedly rammed the car of the victim with their two-wheeler, in order to make him stop and get him out of his vehicle.

The victim, identified as 28-year-old Divesh Pahuja, a resident of central Delhi’s New Rajender Nagar, has received multiple injuries to his head due to the assault carried out by the three men, one of who even beat him up with a pistol butt .

After holding him captive in his own car, the robbers drove the engineer to an ATM in west Delhi’s Mayapuri, where they forced him to withdraw money before fleeing. The ordeal lasted for almost an hour before the men let him go free in Naraina.

Milind Dumbere, DCP (southwest), said a case of causing hurt during robbery has been registered at Delhi Cantonment police station and kidnapping charges would be added soon. There was no breakthrough in the case at the time of filing this report.

Pahuja lives with his family in central Delhi’s New Rajender Nagar and works with a multinational firm in Noida Sector 62. “Usually I drive back home via NH-24, Pragati Maidan and Ashoka Road. But on Friday, Google Maps showed a traffic jam in central Delhi and I opted to choose the DND-Ring Road-Dhaula Kuan route instead,” said Pahuja.

He said he had just crossed Dhaula Kuan and was on the Ridge Road around 10pm when a black scooter rammed his i20 car from behind. “I stopped my car and came out to see who had caused the accident and spotted the three youths riding an ungeared vehicle,” said Pahuja.

When Pahuja tried getting back in his car, the men suddenly attacked him. While two of the men pushed him into the rear seat of his car, one suspect stayed behind on the scooter. “One person held a pistol while the other began driving my car. The robber sitting next to me began hitting my head with the pistol butt. They wanted me to part with my wallet,” alleged Pahuja.

While narrating the incident, Pahuja said that he kept pleading with them to spare him and instead take all his cash but the robbers only found Rs 2,500 in my wallet. “They seemed desperate and asked me to arrange Rs 50,000 more or withdraw money from an ATM,” he said.

He was then first taken to Mayapuri, while the third suspect followed the car on his scooter. In Mayapuri, they stopped at a lonely stretch of road, where two ATM booths were located.

“Before we went to the ATM, they made me wash the blood off my head and face. There was a security guard in one of the ATMs, so they were forced to take me to the other ATM booth,” Pahuja said. He added that during the melee he tricked the men into believing that he had just Rs 10,000 in his account.

When the robbers realised they could get no more out of him, they drove him to Naraina and fled on their scooter around 11 pm. “Before leaving, they asked me if I belonged to a wealthy family. Perhaps, they also wanted to kidnap me for ransom,” said Pahuja.

Later, a bleeding Pahuja drove to his home, from where his family rushed him to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where he received several stitches. Police were informed about the incident and a case was registered. “The two robbers in the car with me were not masked. I can easily identify them if I saw them again,” he said.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 12:04 IST