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Old 28th May 2009, 10:54   #1
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Earlier there used to be stretches on lonely roads where robbers would block the highway and force you to stop.
But now highway robbers have stuck at the very busy NH1.
The modus operandi was also different.
Two cars stopped the victims honda Civic, then robbers sat with him in th car, and then went all the way to his home in chd where they looted his house!

This is the second such highway robbery in recent times, and what makes it scary is that NH1 is a very busy national highway and has heavy traffic round the clock!

Since I drive on this road frequently, I am wondering what can be done if a innova comes and tries to force you off the road, and another car comes and tries to block your escape route.
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Old 28th May 2009, 11:07   #2
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This is scary.
Some of the things I can suggest is:
Travel in groups. (not alone)
Avoid night travel as much as possible.
Never offer a lift (even if Pamela ask for one)
Keep something like a club/stick in hands distance.
Keep important phone numbers with you (ambulance, Police stations enroute)
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There are two ways to look at this incident.

1) They could have killed the humans and could have done immoral activities. It wont take more than a second to shoot somebody dead. Moreover they did not disturb an elder person.

2) What is an Innova tries to get one off the road. In incidences like these, brake hard, let them move ahead and then accelerate hard. I know its easier said than done and its quite risky specially at high speeds, but that is the only chance. Also it seems that they are capable of selecting targets with accuracy. They targets they select are generally having good money and the service class are not targetted. Means they have some good information network and they observe people well, may be sometimes they might be following the victims for sometime before making a move.
This is quite worrisome for sure.
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I feel that all such robs are planned well in advance.

Not sure how many of you would have noticed, but mostly in all such cases a third person ( read driver ) is always present.

Many of the highway eating joints serve free food for drivers and this is where the looters get in touch with the driver, they offer driver a good share and the plan goes the way they want. This is not something that I am thinking of, this is something that one of my cousin experienced at Cheetal ( on way to Dehradun ), the driver was working for them for past 16years and he unfolded the story to them.

Scary.

@Aggoswami ::: Very rightly said, the best you can do is speed away if you have a capable ride and if you know the highway well, do so only when you know that your ride has more speed then the looters ride.
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There are two ways to look at this incident.
2) What is an Innova tries to get one off the road. In incidences like these, brake hard, let them move ahead and then accelerate hard. I know its easier said than done and its quite risky specially at high speeds, but that is the only chance.
This can be well tackled by experienced drivers only..
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But you can always run a small distance to the nearest cops. These days they are dime a dozen along the NH1. But come what may dont stop more so if they are trying to force you off the road.
Inside accomplice is more probable in such cases where then they take you home to rob you. Scary.
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This is scary.
Some of the things I can suggest is:
Travel in groups. (not alone)
Avoid night travel as much as possible.
Never offer a lift (even if Pamela ask for one)
Keep something like a club/stick in hands distance.
Keep important phone numbers with you (ambulance, Police stations enroute)



This is horrible, maybe they should make gun licenses more easily available in India, people that live in secluded areas and other danger prone areas require it.
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they should make gun licenses more easily available in India
That will breed a bigger monster then this.

Such cases can be solved easily by the police. What is required is a strong will to do it.

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people that live in secluded areas and other danger prone areas require it.
How is this related to NH1 robberies?
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What the hell!
This is one of the busiest highways in the country!
What i feel is driver is involved.
Why wasn't car doors locked from inside?
Even if a big car like Innova tries to stop you if the driver is skilled he can back off and run.
Life is getting unsafe day by day.
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Surprisingly in Gujarat also there are some highways famous for this.

Nr. Khedbhrama (NH-8?) between Ahmedabad to Abu.

Near Dahod, Dang in south Gujarat.
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That will breed a bigger monster then this.
Such cases can be solved easily by the police. What is required is a strong will to do it.
In India Illegally it is very easy to get even a sophisticated gun. If a crook wants to get hold of it he can do it in minutes. If licensing is made easier good people like us can hope for more security against illegal elements.

As shown in the movies our police always ends up last in the scene of crime.
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Although the modus operandi has become more sophisticated, NH1 was never safe at night. I've known of robberies and murders on it for at least the last 15 years.
I studiously avoid driving on it at night, it's unsafe both from a crime point of view and road safety, especially because the road become a single carriageway from Ambala to C'garh.
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I think we need to understand that the culprits will not take such a huge risk unlesss they know the returns to be equally good as well. If they were to pick people randomly from the highway they will not get what they want and also run the risk getting caught sooner than later. Am sure they know who they are targetting on the roads.
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The road is no longer single carriageway from Ambala to Chd, its a toll double road now(95%). Last time I used this road was when I went to Kinnaur, and there was hardly a couple of single lane stretches
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The road is no longer single carriageway from Ambala to Chd, its a toll double road now(95%). Last time I used this road was when I went to Kinnaur, and there was hardly a couple of single lane stretches
It isn't?? - been a while for me I guess. And the reason is last couple of times I've taken the Shatabdi - now that is a safer option...
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