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Commuters robbed in Gurugram despite police vigil

A week after at least 100 policemen were deployed, in uniform and mufti, along the 15-km-long stretch of Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway to ensure “no more people fall prey to cabbie gangs”, three more people were abducted, assaulted and robbed in two separate instances.

gurgaon Updated: Mar 14, 2019 03:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Gurugram
The two cases took the total number of such cases in the city to 19 since the start of this year. The incidents took place at Atlas Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk, when the victims were looking for a ride back home. (Picture for representation)

A week after at least 100 policemen were deployed, in uniform and mufti, along the 15-km-long stretch of Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, starting from Sirhaul toll plaza to Rajeev Chowk, to ensure “no more people fall prey to the cabbie gangs”, three more people were abducted, assaulted and robbed of a total of Rs 20,000 in two separate instances.

The two cases took the total number of such cases in the city to 19 since the start of this year. The incidents took place at Atlas Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk, when the victims were looking for a ride back home.

In the first case, Delhi resident, Keshav, 35, who works at a private company in Udyog Vihar Phase-4, boarded a “shared cab” from Atlas Chowk around 6pm and was overpowered soon after, Udyog Vihar station house office Devender Singh said.

The victim told police that the accused put tape on his eyes and pushed him between the seats so that he is not seen by passersby.

The suspects, allegedly assaulted Keshav, forced him to reveal the PIN for his debit card and withdrew Rs 6,000 from his bank account. He was let off around 7.30pm after he tried to raise an alarm, police said.

“We are yet to identify the car or the accused and there is no CCTV footage of the incident,” SHO Singh said. Police said that they will try to get CCTV footage from the ATM booth from where the suspects withdrew money and get details of the transaction from the bank.

In the second case, which took place on Monday afternoon, two men — who were in Gurugram on Monday for the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) recruitment exam for the post of constables — were assaulted and robbed of their belongings and cash at gunpoint after they tried to hitchhike their way home from Hero Honda Chowk. They were later thrown out of the car at an isolated stretch on Golf Course extension road, police said.

The victims were identified as Rajasthan residents Ajay Sharma and his friend Akil Khan.

Assistant commissioner of police Shamsher Singh said, “When they boarded the car, three people, including the driver, were already inside. After driving for two kilometers, they were held at gunpoint, assaulted and their ATM cards were snatched. The suspects allegedly withdrew Rs 10,500 and Rs 2,500 from different ATMs and also took their mobile phones and Rs 500 each.”

While the police have lodged an FIR under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the consistently rising number of such incidents has left residents worried over this brazen trend. The incident also raises questions about effective policing, especially since the Gurugram Police had formed 11 teams to come up with a strategy to bust these gangs.

Responding to security concerns of working professionals and residents in a city that has inadequate public transport, leaving people at the mercy of cab aggregators or private cabs that offer “shared rides” between various locations, deputy commissioner of police (crime) Rajiv Deswal, said that currently, there were multiple gangs operating in the city with a similar modus operandi.

“There are two or may be even three such gangs operating in the city. We have leads on these gangs and are pursuing them. We will arrest them soon,” DCP Deswal said, refusing to identify the gangs or where they hail from as it would hamper investigation. Deswal said different units of the crime investigation agency (CIA) were probing the cases and added that the police have stepped up vigil.

First Published: Mar 14, 2019 03:33 IST