Lt. Col Pinaki Bani posted an advertisement online to sell his Maruti Zen. Jigar Patel noted this advertisement and showed interest to purchase the said vehicle. He visited the home of the Colonel at Delhi Cantonment, befriended him and even went out for dinner with the Col at the Sabre officer’s mess in Delhi Cantt.
Jigar Patel from Gujarat viewed the Zen but had his eyes on the Colonel’s BMW X5 SUV which was parked at the mess. He asked Col. Bani about whether he would like to sell this car and though the Colonel refused, Patel pressurized him to allow him to take the vehicle for a test drive.
Col. Bani agreed, but accompanied Patel on the ride. Patel then pretended to have difficulty in starting the vehicle after which Col Bani exited the car to help. Patel then sprayed chilli powder in the colonel’s eyes and sped away in the BMW.
Patel slammed through the iron gates and was on his way the BMW X5. He thought he had successfully stolen the X5, but fate was waiting for him. Just outside the gate, Patel got stuck in a traffic jam. After realising he is stuck, with army guards behind him, he decided to run away from the spot on foot. Watch the video below.
Armed guards at the gates tried to run after Patel but failed to catch up with him. The police are investigating further and trying to ascertain the identity of the robber.
Online transactions should be ventured into with caution. This is also not the first and nor will it be the last time that sellers get conned by buyers and precautions should be taken to avoid such instances. But it is surprising that a thief had the confidence of entering a guarded army premise and steal a car from there.