An auto gang that commits loot from gullible passengers and possibly could go to any extent is lurking in trans-Hindon it seems considering a couple of incidents of armed loot in the past few days. In the latest, a female dentist who left her clinic at Vaishali around 9 pm in night and boarded a shared auto towards Kavi Nagar was looted of valuables and was forced to part with her ATM password. The gang then withdrew money from her account before gagging her and dumping her at the dead of night reportedly near Taj Expressway. The lady dentist had made a complaint that the auto gang could have raped her too.
SSP Ghaziabad Upendra Kumar Agrawal has admitted to presence of such a gang and as per him, cops, especially Crime Branch were on the job to bust the gang.
A few days back at 5 in the morning aperson who had come fro Varanasi to his brother’s place in Vaishali had also boarded a sared auto upto Kaushambi in which a few ‘passengers’ were sitting beforehand. The man was looted and thrown near Vaishali.
The modus operandi of the gang seems to be that they are riding a shared auto in which some people who are gang members are sitting beforehand. As soon as a person boards such an auto the gang members force themselves upon them and at knife-point loot him of his cash and valuables and even ATM money. Such gangs have been prevalent in the past especially during winter months.
The erstwhile ASP of Indirapuram Ravi Kumar had intensified night patrolling in the area to target such gangs. After he was transferred out the incumbent ASP Aparna Gautam has also spoken to delhincrnews.in about customizing policing or rather patrolling as per the pattern of the crime. But going by the threat posed by this gang the new ASP would need to take immediate steps to intensify such patrolling.