Bhopal police on Wednesday arrested two persons and claimed to have busted a Delhi-based inter-state gang involved in a number of theft incidents in the state capital.
Police have recovered gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh, cash of Rs 22,000 and a four-wheeler from their possession.
The modus operandi of the gang was that they would come to Bhopal in a four-wheeler and loiter in the city to identify their target house and later they would commit the crime.
The accused were identified as Mobin Qureshi, 27, and Imran Qureshi, 27, residents of Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh. The kingpin of the gang Ikram, who is also a resident of Bulandshahar in UP, is on the run.
All the accused presently live in Delhi. The police said Ikram was earlier arrested by Delhi police in connection with a theft incident. The accused have confessed to have committed theft at Archna Complex under TT Nagar police limits on December 1.
Superintendent of police (SP), North, Arvind Saxena, said a police team cordoned off the area where the gang members were standing under suspicious condition.
The team caught two persons, while Ikaram managed to give police the slip. The accused were taken to the police station and were interrogated. Police have also seized the vehicle (DL-8-CM-6286) which they had used in crime.
Saxena said the accused had used their original voter identity card and driving licences to stay at a hotel in Bhopal.
"The accused are clever. They kept stolen jewelry in the channel of their vehicle's door and in a mobil oil container so that nobody could detect them, especially police during vehicle checking. They are being interrogated to ascertain their involvement in other theft incidents," he said.