4 arrested for highway thefts in Gurgaon

Gang comprised 2 women,had also shot one dead after he resisted robbery attempt: Police.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Gurgaon | Published: March 22, 2012 2:45:36 am

Police on Wednesday arrested four persons,including two women,on charges of looting commuters after soliciting rides from them. The gang,police said,was also involved in other incidents of looting and a murder case.

Acting on a tip-off,a special team nabbed the accused from Gurgaon-Faridabad Road. Three country-made pistols,two live cartridges and three cars — a Scorpio,an i20 and a Santro were also recovered from their possession.

The arrested were identified as Charan Singh (26) from Sohna,Rahul (20) from Faridabad,Vidya (18) hailing from Guwahati and Samita (21) from Darjeeling.

According to police,the gang was active in Delhi and other parts of NCR and used to target commuters on isolated stretches.

“The women would stand on the road and ask for rides from commuters. Once inside the car,they would call their male accomplices. The men,who generally followed the women in a car,would bump into the victim’s car in order to bring it to a halt. Threatening the victim at gunpoint,they would then make away with the car. They took the women along to make it seem like a kidnap,” said a senior police officer.

The gang had targeted a car owner in a similar manner on March 13. They made away with his i20 on the Sector 56 road in Gurgaon. Police had then registered a case of abduction and robbery at the Sector 56 police station. However,investigations revealed that it was a case of loot and not of kidnapping,police said.

A police officer said the gang had on March 15 tried to rob a liquor contractor in a similar manner. “However,when he resisted,they shot him and stole around Rs 1 lakh which he had with him. The gang had attempted to rob a Jaipur-based jeweller in a similar manner,but had failed on that occasion. We are questioning the four to know if they were involved in other crimes as well,” he said.

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