The Outer Ring Road-Sarjapur Road saw mugging incidents in mid 2010. Later the HSR Police nabbed some culprits.
These incidents have again started in the area. Here are some incidents that happened. Note: some have been verified and some not.
The Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA) has organised a helpline. If anybody finds themself in this situation, they can call 9972630616. They should dial the phone number, keep it on and keep talking to let us know the area / where he is. The ORRCA supervisor and team will try and do the needful immediately.
The modus operandi is: Residents, driving alone in a car are stopped by a few men on bikes and claim money on the pretext that the car has hit their bikes by showing their damages. These con-men threaten the resident and damage the car and they speak in loud voices in Kannada. They make sure that he can’t call anybody by snatching his mobile. The con-men take the victim to a nearby ATM and make him withdraw money to pay for the "damages". They never come inside the ATM.
#1: Total Mall on eve of Diwali around 10 pm: Two assailants (one of whom brandished a gun) attack Harlur Road Resident in car with wife. He says he managed to give them the slip; The attackers broke the driver window as he accelerated his vehicle.
#2: Two men on bike chase a member of Forward 150 down Sarjapur Road (near Carmel Ram railway cross) till Kodathi gate. It is a lonely stretch
#3: Suncity resident is chased at about 9 am in busy Outer Ring Road. On the way to office by car, just after crossing the Morgan chase, two men on a bike shouted at him to stop the car and gesticulating that he had hit something. Remembering the earlier mugging incidents, he ignored them. They started chasing him and after 100m and made him slow down. They asked him which language he understands and realising he doesn’t understand Kannada, asked him to stop on the service road. The resident decided to continue to drive and later sped away; the goons stopped chasing him after a while.
#4: An employee of Prestige Tech Park near JP Morgan Chase met with similar incident near Innovative multiplex at 10AM today morning. After some heated arguments and abusive language exchanges, the gang stopped chasing the man after some distance. Luckily he did not come out of the car and that saved him from mugging.
#5: The gang made a man withdraw cash from ATM, when his card didn’t work, they apparently cut his fingers.
#6: The gang used similar technique to stop a man who believed when they said he had caused some accident and got down from the car. They later made him withdraw 18,000 Rs.