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Carjacked in Gurgaon

In 2008 itself, the city of MNCs and malls has witnessed five cases of car-snatching and 125 incidents of vehicle thefts every month, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2008 23:16 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times

Gurgaon, it seems, is fast turning into a car-snatchers' haven.

Not just neighbouring towns like Mewat, Bhiwani, Hisar and Palwal, carjackers and thieves from as far as Bihar, West Bengal and even Bangladesh are having a ball in the Millennium City that boasts of showrooms of high-end cars such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Honda and Toyota.

In 2008 itself, the city of MNCs and malls has witnessed five cases of car-snatching and 125 incidents of vehicle thefts every month.

The gun-toting snatchers and thieves generally strike between 9.30 p.m. and 5.00 a.m. But of late, incidents of carjacking have been reported even during daylight.

On Monday, a Maruti Swift was snatched from DLF Phase IV at 9.15 a.m. The incident happened when Ruchi Chauhan a resident of Princeton Estate, DLF Phase-V, was waiting in her car near Galleria Market. Her husband Bishvajit Dutta had got down to drop his son at Mother's Pride Play School.

All of a sudden, a youth brandishing a revolver approached and asked Chauhan to come of the car. Another youth got inside the car from the other side. Two others followed him and sped away with the vehicle.

“It was very really shocking. It was a busy place but still the snatchers managed to snatch the car. However, the police recovered the car very fast,” said Dutta, a senior executive with a MNC.

Also on Monday, armed men snatched a Chevrolet Tavera when its owner Ajit Singh was on his way back home after dropping his relatives at the airport around 4.30 a.m.

In both cases, the police recovered the cars and arrested three people. But recurring incidents like these have shaken the faith of Gurgaon residents in the policing system.

On November 28, a MNC executive, Chirantan Chandran, was forced to stop at unmanned police barricade on busy Sohna Road at 10.30 p.m. when he was on his way back home from his office. The robbers snatched his Honda City and his ATM cards before dumping him, gagged and handcuffed.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) Sumit Kumar said a number of gangs were active in Gurgaon. “We nabbed six gangs of carjackers in the past one month. We were shocked to know that these snatchers hailed not only from Haryana towns such as Palwal and Hisar, but many of them also belonged to Meerut and Aligarh (UP) and Najafgarh (Delhi),” he said and claimed the police had solved more than 90 per cent of car-snatching cases.

First Published: Dec 09, 2008 23:15 IST