A 35-year-old lady had a hellish journey on Thursday evening after the cab she was travelling in was allegedly snatched by a person in Gopalpur. Her ordeal continued for two.5km earlier than policemen on patrolling obligation chased and nabbed the motive force close to the Burari flyover. The person was arrested for theft and abduction, senior cops mentioned.
Police mentioned the person has no earlier prison file. He used to drive a Grameen Sewa tempo and had misplaced his job throughout the lockdown to comprise the Covid-19 pandemic when the proprietor of the car stopped lending him the tempo. Police mentioned the person advised them that he tried to steal the cab with the intent to earn a livelihood by driving it.
Based on the police, the incident occurred round 9pm when the girl booked a cab, a Hyundai Xcent, from an app-based cab aggregator to go from Shalimar Backyard to her cousin’s home at Singhu Border. As advised by the girl and the cab driver, after half an hour into the journey, the girl felt thirsty and requested the motive force to cease and purchase her a chilly drink, police mentioned.
“The driving force stopped the cab a little bit forward of the Gopalpur CNG pump and received out. He had left the keys within the automotive. Quickly as he left, a person, later recognized as Prince Sharma, 28, a resident of Mahendra Park, received into the automotive and began driving,” a senior police officer, who wished to not be named, mentioned.
Seeing this, the girl requested him to cease however he stored driving. “She then rolled down the window and shouted for assist. She even tried to slap the motive force from behind and power him to halt, however he stored driving. Listening to the girl’s screams, the cab’s driver realised that his cab was being stolen. He sought assist from a passerby and began chasing the automotive,” the officer mentioned.
In the meantime, two constables, Anil and Pawan from Wazirpur police station, who had been on evening patrolling obligation, additionally noticed the girl shouting for assist from the automotive and began chasing the cab, he mentioned.
Deputy commissioner of police (north) Monika Bhardwaj mentioned after a two-and-a-half kilometre chase, when Sharma seen that police in addition to the cab driver had been after him, he tried to hurry away. “As a result of the girl was constantly thrashing him from behind, Sharma misplaced management of the cab and rammed the central verge close to Burari flyover. Seeing the motive force and the police approaching him, he jumped out of the automotive and ran in the direction of the principle highway however was chased by the 2 constables and caught,” Bhardwaj mentioned.
The DCP mentioned the constables then referred to as for backup and Sharma, together with the cab driver and the girl had been dropped at Wazirpur police station the place a case of theft and abduction below sections 392 and 365 of the Indian Penal Code was registered towards Sharma.
One other police officer who’s probing the incident mentioned when questioned, Sharma advised them that he used to drive a Grameen Sewa tempo. “Due to the lockdown since all companies had been suspended, the proprietor of the tempo requested Sharma to not report for work anymore. Left penniless, Sharma mentioned he tried to steal the cab to have the ability to earn a livelihood,” the officer mentioned, requesting anonymity.
HT tried to contact the girl however all calls and texts went unanswered.