A 26-year-old engineer working at a software company in Gurgaon was assaulted and robbed of his belongings at gunpoint while he took a lift in a cab to get home. Police said the incident occurred on Saturday night.
The five accused were arrested on Monday and the stolen articles and cash recovered from them.
According to police, Jagan Malhotra works for a private company in BPTP Park Centra, Sector 30. After his shift ended around 7.30 pm, he boarded a cab, a Mahindra Xylo, which was parked outside Park Centra, to reach his house in Sector 10.
Police said the cab was already occupied by five men who took him hostage and forced him to withdraw cash. “The men initially pretended to be commuters but when they crossed Rajiv Chowk, two of them caught hold of Malhotra. Another miscreant pointed a gun at him and asked him to hand over his belongings,” DCP (East) Deepak Saharan said.
According to police, Malhotra panicked and gave his wallet, which had his ATM card, PAN card and other valuables including Rs 900 in cash. He also handed his mobile phones. The men also snatched his laptop. They then took him to an ATM kiosk and forced him to withdraw cash. As Malhotra did not have enough balance in his account, he withdrew only Rs 800.
“Around 9.30 pm, the men dropped him near Hasalpur village in Kherki Daula. Malhotra managed to reach the Sector 40 police station and reported the incident,” the police officer said.
Police said cyber crime teams were alerted and, within two hours, the teams traced the location of Malhotra’s mobile phones.