Residents of Arun Vihar, Sector 37, Noida, are shocked.
Within weeks of the Dipti Sarna case, a resident of the sector was abducted in broad daylight. Her Maruti Swift was found abandoned near Vijaya Enclave in Sector 29.
On February 29, Shipra Malik (29), a fashion designer who lives with her family in Sector 37, just opposite Botanical Garden metro station, left for Chandni Chowk at 1.30 pm. However, her last location, as tracked by her mobile phone, was Lajpat Nagar at 2.56 pm. The last call was placed to the police helpline 100 and lasted 10 seconds, said SP City Dinesh Yadav.
When her car was recovered around 5.30 pm, the driver's window was found rolled down and the keys lying on the floor. Her husband Chetan Malik lodged an FIR at the Noida Sector 20 police station soon after.
Teams have been dispatched in Delhi to gain some lead into the matter. CCTV footage of all possible routes from Delhi to Noida have been checked but the police has not made any headway so far.
The family on Tuesday said it suspected a former landlord. The police will bring him in for questioning.
A former office bearer of the Sector 37 RWA blames Noida Police for this lapse in security. "Residents of the sector don't feel safe. The police hardly ever patrol the area. Most officers on duty idle away their time at the nearby Brahmaputra market, gossiping with security guards. They barely keep an eye out for trouble," he said.
FONRWA President NP Singh said that Noida Police needs to immediately step up their efforts. "We will take up the security issue on priority with Divisional Commissioner Alok Sinha. More police personnel need to be deployed in Noida," Singh said.
Major RK Sharma, a resident of Sector 37 and former vice-president of the RWA, said police patrolling should be ramped up immediately.
(Photo illustration by Rick Nease/DFP)