Seven theft cases reported in a day

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 27, 2014 10:56 IST

Gang of robbers are targeting bus passengers, especially women, and robbing mobiles, purses and ATM cards. This was revealed during an interrogation of a youth who was held on Monday by the Manimajra police for running a gang that targets women passengers in the city buses.

The accused has been identified as Sanjeev Kumar, alias Allu (28), a resident of Mori Gate, Manimajra, who has been sent to judicial custody. He was arrested under Section 379 of the IPC.

"He used to open zip of purses of women when they board the bus and stole small purse or mobiles,"police said.

Sanjeev was arrested while he was fighting with somebody near a naka set up at Manimajra. The police intervened, took Sanjeev in their custody.

The police also claimed that they had recovered two ATM cards bearing different names, a few identity cards and four mobile phones from his possession, which they had seized under Section 102 of the CRPC as mobiles are unclaimed and the owners are yet to be traced.

During interrogation, the police learnt that he was one of the gang members who were active at the housing board light-point bus stops.

"Various gang members operate in the city, especially at the crowded bus stops, and rob valuables and other articles from the passengers,"Sanjeev had told the police.

Investigating officer of the Manimajra police station, Sawan Dass, said, "During an interrogation, he revealed the gang tried to find bus stops that are overcrowded. They target a passenger when he/she is jostling with other passengers to board the bus. The gang members then try to open purses and steal articles."

He said the accused told police that at least three gang members remained at the stop and when one member robs a purse, he passes the stolen articles to the other gang member to avoid being caught with the stolen article.

He said the accused also told police that they were not only targeting the passengers at the housing board light point bus stops, but also targeting passengers at Sector-17 bus stand and other crowded bus stops.

"His accomplices are still at large," said Sawan Dass. Police were working on the leads revealed by the accused and were trying to identify and nab other gang members.

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