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Ghaziabad: Gang flees with car batteries, 17 residents forward police complaint

The incident took place at G block in Govindpuram residential locality as a gang of three men came in a car and targeted the parked vehicles of residents.

noida Updated: Oct 24, 2017 13:21 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Car batteries,Govindpuram,Ghaziabad
The G block has several lanes of houses and the gang roamed around in their car and tried to open many cars belonging to residents.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

A gang of thieves late Sunday night targeted scores of cars parked outside houses in residential locality of Govindpuram in Ghaziabad. According to the police, the gang targeted their cars and escaped with batteries after which 17 residents came forward and filed a police complaint.

The incident took place at G block in Govindpuram residential locality as a gang of three men came in a car and targeted the parked vehicles of residents. According to different estimates by residents, the gang targeted 30-50 cars at night.

“In our lane, the gang targeted 18 cars. The same incident took place in other lanes of G block. According to an estimate, the gang targeted nearly 50 cars and were looking to take out batteries. According to CCTV footage, they remained in our area from midnight to 3am. They also escaped with the battery of my Wagon-R car,” said Amit Kumar Pal, one of the residents.

“The men had come in a silver coloured car and their movements were captured by a CCTV camera installed outside one of the houses. They also tried to pull out the battery from my Ritz, but they did not succeed. The inside portion of my car was damaged in a couple of places due to forced movement of screw drivers,” said Avdhesh Kumar, one of the residents.

The G block has several lanes of houses and the gang roamed around in their car and tried to open many cars belonging to residents.

“There is hardly any movement of police PCR vans in internal lanes. The vans generally move on outer lanes and the main roads. Taking advantage, the gang performed the act very easily. This is the first time that such an incident has taken place here,” said Manish Tyagi, another resident.

On the other hand, the police said that they have received complaints from 17 residents of the locality so far.

“Our regular police post in charge was is down with dengue for last three days and another officer was posted in his place. However, the incident still happened and we have filed an FIR. We have also stepped up PCR movements and have also procured the CCTV footage of the incident. However, the men or their car’s registration number cannot be seen clearly in the footage,” said Atish Kumar Singh, circle officer (city II).

The incidents of battery thefts are not new in Ghaziabad. In December last year, a gang escaped with batteries in a similar manner from Brij Vihar locality.

In July, a similar incident took place and the gang escaped with batteries from 21 different Maruti models from Vaishali locality.

“We suspect that it could be the handiwork of the same gang or perhaps, some new gang has arrived from outside the district,” Singh added.

First Published: Oct 23, 2017 23:45 IST