It is two-o-clock in the night. But for the streetlights the entire locality is in the dark. Suddently an autorickshaw appears on a deserted street from nowhere. After reaching a spot in front of a gated residential building, the driver takes a U-turn before suddenly stopping the vehicle.
The driver looks around suspiciously. Confirming that there is no one around, he jumps out of the auto and starts lifting iron pipes lying on the pavement. Another man sitting in the rear seat of the three-wheeler follows suit.
Suddenly they grow cautious, ostensibly sensing arrival of someone, maybe a security guard, and at once get back into the vehicle and speed away leave the job midway.
This might sound like a scene lifted straight from some Bollywood blockbuster. But it is not. It is, in fact, an incident that occured in Sector 116, Noida on early hours of Monday captured by CCTV camera.
The incident came into limelight on Monday when a resident of the gated house chanced upon scanning the CCTV footage and alerted the local administration by sharing the 90-second video clip with the administration via social media.
The incident had left residents of the sector in shock. What surprised them the most is that how could the robbers roam in the locality fearlessly despite round-the-clock security. They have started questioning the authorities about the law and order situation in the area.
Vikrant Chaudhary, general secretary of resident welfare association (RWA) of the sector, said that the incident happened at a time when most people were asleep. He demanded increased police patrolling in all the residential pockets to keep a check on such intrusions.
''Not a single sector is safe today,” he laments. “Incidence of theft have been reported from almost all the sectors because the police are lax in patrolling. Police-resident meeting has not been held for the past few days.”