A man was shot dead and four women from his family raped as six armed robbers attacked their vehicle on the Jewar-Bulandshahr highway in Greater Noida late Wednesday night, news agency ANI reported. According to police, the robbers held the family hostage and dragged the women out of the car and raped them, though the confirmation of the same is yet to be ascertained. The incident took place near Sabota village in Jewar.
According to NDTV, their vehicle came to a halt around 2 am when it hit a metal object on the road. The family, comprising four men and four women, was on its way to visit a relative in a hospital. A man from the family was shot dead for resisting the robbery attempt. Meanwhile, the police have reached the spot and have lodged an FIR against the accused. They have also sent the victims for medical examination. According to police, the gang of five robbers targeted the vehicle after the driver stopped to fix a flat tyre. They attacked the occupants and decamped with jewellery and Rs 44,000 in cash. The deceased has been identified as Shakeel Qraishi.
The incident was a horrific reminder of the gruesome gangrape of a woman and her 13-year-old daughter in July last year when they were travelling in a car from Noida to Shahjahanpur. The incident took place on the national highway passing through Bulandshahr.