Goons sabotage car, stalk owner, rob him 5 km away
The city’s crooks have become smarter and more methodical. A gang of enterprising, bike borne assailants sabotaged a 30 year old businessman’s vehicle, followed him around for over five kilometers and robbed him while he was away looking for a mechanic in north Delhi on Saturday night. HT reportsdelhi Updated: Jul 26, 2010 23:58 IST
The city’s crooks have become smarter and more methodical. A gang of enterprising, bike borne assailants sabotaged a 30 year old businessman’s vehicle, followed him around for over five kilometers and robbed him while he was away looking for a mechanic in north Delhi on Saturday night.
“I was on my way to a relative’s house in Roop Nagar from my shop at Kashmere Gate when it happened,” said Avdhesh Didwania, an electronic components manufacturer for vehicles based in north Delhi’s Kashmere Gate.
Didwania had left his shop in his black Indigo car at 8 pm An hour and a half later, he found himself stranded on the middle of the road in Roop Nagar with three flat tyres and a broken window.
“I felt that there was insufficient air in the front left wheel when I reached the Tis Hazari crossing. As I was waiting at the red light, an untidy man who seemed to be in his 20s came up to me, knocked on my window and said that I needed to get it repaired. I said ‘thanks’ and drove off,” Didwania said.
Another man gave him the same advice as Didwania was waiting at the Clock Tower crossing near Kamla Nagar 10 minutes later.
“But this man also told me that there was a puncture repair shop a few metres ahead. I ignored him and kept driving towards Roop Nagar,” said the businessman.
But even before he could enter the Roop Nagar area, the tubeless tyre burst and Didwania was forced to park his vehicle by the roadside and look for a mechanic.
“When I came back after what must have been less then five to seven minutes , I found my rear left window broken and my laptop, wallet and documents gone. In addition to that, both my rear tyres were also punctured,” he said.
After examination, the mechanic showed Didwania the three tyres. “Each had four to five holes that the assailants had punched in to strand me so that they could rob me. When I thought about the sequence of events later, I realized what had happened,” he said.
Didwania said he was surprised each time the men had advised him to get the car checked.
“What struck me as strange was their seemingly helpful attitude in a city known for its apathy. Now I realize they were pretending to be helpful, so that they could rob me and be on their way.”
Sagar Preet Hooda DCP (north) said, “I have called the complainant to meet with me to discuss his complaint. The case will be registered after his claims have been verified.”
First Published: Jul 26, 2010 23:54 IST