Dwarka lived up to its reputation of an unsafe neighbourhood as a 51-year-old realtor was robbed of his car at gunpoint in a busy market on Monday night. What was perhaps more terrifying for Rajesh Sharma was that the armed men took him on a short ride before letting him go.
Four of the six carjackers were arrested within two hours. At the time of the crime -- 11 p.m. -- the entire police force of Dwarka was on night patrol.
Dwarka -Asia's largest sub-city, made worse by alleged police laxity. Till April 26 this year, 17 incidents of street crime were reported.
“I had parked on the Sector 12 main road. As I was getting into my Maruti SX4, some armed men got in and pointed a pistol at me. After a certain distance, they threw me out and fled with the car,“ said Mr. Sharma. There were four men in the stolen vehicle while the other two left in a Wagon R. The police said they drove to a housing complex in Sector 18 where one of them had a room on rent.
“As soon as the complainant made a PCR call, we swung into action. A security guard at the L&T housing complex told us an Sx4 had driven in. We caught them in the car,“ said ACP (southwest) R.S. Krishania. The police recovered two guns and a knife.
It was a security guard who helped police arrest the four men who had allegedly robbed a luxury car barely two hours after it was snatched by six armed men on a busy Dwarka street on Monday night, police said.
This year alone, 17 incidents of street crimes including road robberies, have been reported in Dwarka. Shockingly, most cases have not been registered.
A real estate executive, Rajesh Sharma, was lucky that the police registered his case.
Sharma was allegedly robbed of his Maruti SX4 by six armed men from a bustling road near Sector 12 market in Dwarka when he was returning after a family dinner on Monday night.
The incident took place when all the senior police officers were out patrolling in the area. There were police pickets around the market where the alleged car- jacking took place.
“They threw Sharma out of his car at some distance after forcibly entering the vehicle at gunpoint,“ said R.S. Krishania, additional commissioner of police (southwest). Unable to tame the snatch- ers and robbers in the area, the local police have now started involving the security guards posted in the area as their “watchful eye“.
The police have also started checking the attendance records of guards posted at var- ious housing societies in Dwarka and if they are found absent, the concerned officials are informed and action taken against them.
Police often blame wide roads and Dwarka's proximity to poor- er neighbourhoods like Bindapur and Palam for the increase in street crime.
Residents often claim that the police do not register a case until they have gone there with some reference.
“It's a Herculean task to get a case registered in Dwarka. Every day we hear a complaint where residents have alleged police's unwillingness to regis- ter a case,“ said M.K. Gupta of Dwarka Resident's Forum.
When a 65-year-old man was shot at by three bike-borne men in Dwarka's Sector-14 in March this year, it took one of her rel- atives--a Delhi High Court judge to coax the police to reg- ister a case.
“We are not revealing the identity of the security guard as he was the one who led us to the robbers. The robbers had rented a room in a housing soci- ety in Sector 18. They were plan- ning to flee in the morning, but we arrested them before that,“ said the officer.
Police said two others fled in a Wagon R car parked nearby and they were looking for them.