Police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a gang of miscreants, three along with a juvenile, who had allegedly snatched away a bag containing Rs 7 lakh from a Delhi-based man at the Press Light Point, Sector 8, on April 28.
Police have recovered Rs 5 lakh from their possession. The accused have been identified as Ajay Kumar, 24, Raju, 19, Rakesh alias Ricky, 19, and a juvenile. Raju and Ricky are Class-12 students at Government Senior Secondary School, Manimajra. All accused are residents of Indira Colony, Manimajra.
Sukhchain Singh Gill, senior superintendent of police (SSP), said they had recovered Rs 5 lakh out of Rs 7 lakh robbed by the accused.
The victim, Nishant Kothari, resident of Delhi, had reported to police that he works as a dealer of motor vehicle spare parts in Delhi and has a business in Chandigarh too. On April 28, he came to the city regarding his business with his uncle, who also runs a spare parts shop in the name of Parkash Auto Traders at the motor market, Manimajra.
After settling the account, he collected Rs 7 lakh from UN Sharma, proprietor of the above firm and left for Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) Sector 17 at around 5.35pm in an auto. When the auto reached the Press Light Point in Sector 8, a man came from behind, attacked him and snatched the bag containing Rs 7 lakh and some important documents. Following this, the victim lodged a complaint to police at Sector 3 police station.
The accused, Ajay Kumar and Raju, were arrested from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, while Rakesh alias Ricky was arrested from Manimajra. The juvenile, who used to work at the shop of UN Sharma, proprietor of Parkash Auto Traders, was also arrested.
Rakesh alias Ricky and the juvenile are the alleged masterminds behind snatching. As per information, the juvenile had told Ricky about a man who comes to collect cash at the shop where he works.
On April 28, the juvenile alerted his friends Rakesh, Raju and Ajay, following which the trio followed the victim from the motor market, Manimajra, on a motor cycle and attacked him at the Press Light Point.
Later in the evening, they distributed the robbed money and went underground. Police said they robbed the money so as to get rich quickly.