A six-member gang posing as policemen looted a group of five pilgrims - three men and two women - on its way from Indore, Madhaya Pradesh, to Vaishno Devi on GT road near Dhariwal, 13 km from here, Tuesday night.
"The victims, travelling in an Innova car, had made a pit stop at a highway eatery when two members of the gang, posing policemen, began questioning them. They asked the driver for the documents of the car and then, on the pretext of questioning him, took him a few metres away," a police official said.
The occupants of the car were looted of 60 grams of gold ornaments and Rs.1.5 lakh in cash. The driver was held hostage by the other members of the gang. "Meanwhile, a member of the gang came back where the Innova car of the pilgrims was parked and asked them to sit in their car as they were to be questioned by his 'officer'," the official added.
The gangster took them to an under construction bypass and looted them. He also said that the gangsters had come in an Innova car with a beacon light atop. Senior superintendent of police Ravcharan Singh Brar said that the police had identified the gang. "They have already struck on six occasions in different districts of the state," he said, adding that they would also give Rs 10,000 as compensation to the victims.