Woman scribe's phone snatched at gunpoint on Akshardham flyover
New Delhi: A woman TV journalist was robbed at gunpoint at Akshardham flyover while she was returning from Delhi Police Headquarters at ITO to her office in Noida on Thursday.
The two bike borne men followed the journalist from ITO from where she boarded an auto for her office. Later, they intercepted the auto when it was scaling down the Akshardham flyover, opposite the Akshardam Metro Station.
However, as the assailants tried to snatch her bag, the alert scribe resisted the snatching bid and held on to the bag tightly. In the scuffle that followed the auto and the bike raced together for several meters. In the process, the journalist was hurt in her hands as her fingers were stuck between the strap of the bag and the auto's iron grills.
"When they were unable to snatch the bag, they took out a pistol and pointed towards me, I was holding my bag tightly but my phone too was in my hand. Unable to get the bag, they snatched my phone," said Preeti Pandey.
After the snatching, she tried to chase the bikers but the auto speed was no match to them.
"One of the passerby who was on the bike, did try to chase the snatchers but he soon got confused amongst several other bikes on the stretch and lost them," she said. She got her complaint registered at Mandawali Police Station.
Flyovers have become the favourite spot for the snatchers as they exploit the high speed traffic and turning points that make the chase difficult.