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Bringing liquor from Ajman? Beware of ‘accidents’ in Sharjah, warns victim

Dubai man whose vehicle was hit in set-up forced to shell out Dh2,000 to avoid trouble

  • By Shveta Pathak, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 18:55 April 17, 2013
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Dubai: A Dubai-based expatriate said he was forced to shell out Dh2,000 after a group of youngsters hit his vehicle in Sharjah when he was returning from Ajman after buying alcohol.

The expat vowed that he would “never again buy liquor from Ajman and transport it through Sharjah” after the incident on March 28.

Possessing liquor is against the law in Sharjah whereas in Dubai it is illegal to possess or consume alcohol without having a valid licence.

Many Dubai residents who do not have a licence to buy alcohol procure it from several places including a vendor in Ajman from whom people can buy it without a licence.

The expat, who preferred to remain anonymous, said he was framed in a set-up by young men in their early 20s who threatened to call the police if he did not pay them Dh10,000.

Recalling his day of horror, he said: “I set off from the liquor store on the Ajman corniche and just as I reached the Blue Souq in Sharjah, I felt a bump on the back of my car.

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"Two men got out of the car behind, stood on the pavement and pretended to call the police. The seriousness of the situation did not strike me and I went to the glove compartment to take out my car insurance papers.

“One of the men who had a physique like a bodybuilder came up to me and said the hit on my bumper did not look that bad and requested me to open the truck so he could check inside.”

Things turned nasty for the expat when he told the men he could not open the trunk since he had liquor cases inside.

“They told me that if the police came to know about it, I would be put in jail and would have to pay a Dh25,000 fine. I had heard about such set-up jobs earlier. They then asked for Dh6,000 if I did not wish my life to be ruined.”

The expat said he wasn’t carrying that much cash.

“I asked him if he was doing it on purpose and one of them got angry and told me he did not need my money and began talking to someone on the phone in Arabic.”

On bargaining, the sum was finally brought down to Dh2,000. The expat said one of the men accompanied him to an ATM where “I withdrew the money and handed it over to him.”

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  1. Added 11:25 April 18, 2013

    This is an eye opening article and well written as it contains Modus Operandi , facts and possible results of acts not deemed risky,

    Milaan, New York, United States

  2. Added 10:53 April 18, 2013

    This is horrible! One of my collegues told me this 'technique' where people follow ou from Ajman till Sharjah and ten bump into your car to get the money.. I'm really scared now!

    aman, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:45 April 18, 2013

    The exact same thing happened to me a couple of years ago. I had to fork out 4000AED. The young lads were driving a beat down Nissan Altima. I wonder if any legal action should be taken against this gang.

    S, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 10:04 April 18, 2013

    The expat had a good lesson by now? and its a example for others too just to save a penny one has to shell of his shilling, I suppose this practice of carrying liquuor from one emirate to other has to be stopped and strict law has to be defined for illegal smuggling of liquor especially thru Sharjah. Once people are aware of this then this sort of crimes will never happen. I advice people to avail liquor licence and deal legally rather than indulging in illegal ways and pay a heavy fine for that.

    Prashant Malatkar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 05:01 April 18, 2013

    he should have let them call the police, in fact in his shoes i would have been the one who called them ! It may be illegal to possess alcohol in sharjah i believe that blackmailing is worse ...WORDS TO THE WISE

    John Doe, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 00:42 April 18, 2013

    What is the solution for this? even I came across same case 3 times. Once I paid AED.1,000, Second time AED. 2,500 and third time AED. 3,000 the artical read above is the same what happend to me as well. In such case can I call the police. What does the law say if we have to get liqiour from Ajman because its sold openly there.

    Sameer D'Souza, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 00:06 April 18, 2013

    Where is the intellegence unit of the police It's very easy to locate the culprits. Sharjah is not a big city like London. As this is done by local residents, creates doubt that they have support to earn pocket money from innocent expatriates. During last few months many similar type of incidents reported in newspaper that local people looted the expatriate. Authorities should look into it.

    Khan, London, United Kingdom

  8. Added 22:02 April 17, 2013

    greedy crooks always want to take your money

    greedy arabs in sharjah, dubai, Albania

  9. Added 21:09 April 17, 2013

    It happened to one person known to me also. Someone staged the same act, he hit his SUV from the side and then casually went toward back of the vehicle, he pointed out at the Case of alchohol in the back and said if police saw it then he will be in trouble. He pretended to talk to someone he called as his brother and said that the estimated loss to his car was around 17,000 Dhs. Finally the matter was settled in some 9000 to 10000Dhs. I request Sharjah and Ajman police to keep eye on such crooks.

    Mahesh, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 20:35 April 17, 2013

    This is not something new, these young guys follow the people coming out of bars going home in their own vehicles, and stop the driver and ask for AED10000 threatening of calling police even though they are not drunk but had just very less quantity. after negotiations they settle down at AED2000. this happened with one of my friends. He was out of cash, they took him to the ATM and took Dh2000 from him.

    Ahsan, riyadh, India

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