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Cars in Delhi: Gone in 10 mins

His habit of smoking saved Akshay Nayyar's car from being stolen, a rare case in a city where thieves have devised ways to steal cars in a matter of minutes.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 03:00 IST
Sobhana K.

His habit of smoking saved Akshay Nayyar's car from being stolen, a rare case in a city where thieves have devised ways to steal cars in a matter of minutes.

An ordinary scale and a drilling machine are all what they need to steal your car parked at your, yes, doorstep.

Nayyar, a student at IIMT in Gurgaon, had parked his car outside a friend's house in South Extension II when thieves tried to flee with his Maruti Zen.

Nayyar arrived at the house of his friend Anash Bhatia in C Block around 11.30 p.m.

After 10 minutes, however, he returned to his car to pick up a pack of cigarette he had left inside it. "I opened the car door and this is what I saw: three people sitting in my car. I first thought I had opened a wrong car, so I said 'sorry' and closed the door," said Nayyar.

However, when Nayyar realised it was his own car, he opened the door again. This time, one of the men sitting inside pointed a revolver at him. Another was armed with a drilling machine.

As Nayyar backed off, the third person sitting in the rear got out of the car and ran towards a Tata Indigo car parked nearby.

Nayyar told the police the engine of the Indigo was on. The three thieves sped away in it before anybody could catch them.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 03:00 IST