Fear factor in Greater Noida
The recent spurt in criminal activities in Greater Noida is giving residents of the area sleepless nights.
Residents of Alpha, Beta and Gamma sectors allege security guards have become showpieces and criminals are striking at will. "It is not even safe to go for shopping to the nearby market," said Rajkumar of Sector Alpha.
Incidents of vehicle thefts have increased manifold in the recent past. Visitors to the area often find their vehicles stolen.
Recently, two youth posing Greater Noida as authority employees stabbed a girl, Priti, when she resisted their robbery attempt. She was alone at home when they attacked. The assailants decamped with cash and jewellery.
On September 12, three armed men robbed a person near the Senior Citizen Home Complex. The same gang robbed another man of his motorcycle and cash at Sector Delta.
On October 24, armed men barged into the house of the manager of private company in Sector Alpha, tied him up and took away his car and other valuables. Six days later, three men looted a medical store in Lakhnawali area.
On Thursday, Greater Noida Police arrested LG engineer Neeraj Gupta for allegedly killing his wife Sonu, whose body was found hanging from the ceiling fan of their house on Wednesday.
Sonu was married to Neeraj on February 22 this year. The victim's uncle, Ramkishan, filed a dowry death case against Neeraj and others, alleging he was demanding Rs 2 lakh. The victim's father had given Rs 50,000 to Neeraj and promised to pay the rest. But when he could not fulfil the demand, Neeraj allegedly killed Sonu.
In another incident, three people were arrested when they were illegally transferring LPG cylinders to other truck in Malakpur area on Thursday. The police recovered 300 LPG cylinders and Rs 58,000 in cash from them. On interrogation, Ajay Kumar, Babloo and Bhagwan Singh revealed that they used pilfer gas of various companies in connivance with drivers.