A resident of Wakad,Revatram Dayaram Chowdharys bitter experience of travelling private cars has made him cautious. I would advice IT professionals not to take private cars. Bus services are safe and secure, he said. He was robbed by the car driver and a co-passenger on August 31 while he was on his way to Mumbai.
An Infosys employee,he took a private car on that day. I was not sure of getting a bus to Mumbai at 5.30 am. I wanted to reach there on time for an interview. I will however advise that boarding such private cars can be dangerous. Government or private buses or vehicles of reputed cab services are safer, he said.
He said he often goes to Mumbai to meet his friends. I have never seen that cab drive before. I suspect both the driver and the co-passenger were not local residents. They were speaking in Hindi. I have given their description to the police,who assured a proper probe, he said.
He said highway patrols by the police should be increased. There should be CCTV cameras at strategic places on the Pune-Mumbai highway. Police patrol should be increased at pick-up points, he said.
The driver and the co-passenger had pointed a knife at him and snatched his ATM card. They withdrew Rs 10,000 from an ATM. They then asked him to call his wife and ask her to credit more money into the account. They then withdrew Rs 35,000 from an ATM.
They also snatched his cell phone,blindfolded him and took him to a spot on Dehu Road. They took him out of the car,gagged him and then tied him up to a tree and fled from the spot. The robbers had taken away his cell phone but left the SIM card in his pocket. Chowdhary borrowed a cell phone from a local shopkeeper,inserted his SIM and called a friend to the spot. Together they reported the incident to the police.