Auto robbers held for looting, killing techie in east Delhi
A gang of four highway robbers — including a juvenile — who used to pose as auto rickshaw drivers, was arrested for robbing, stabbing and dumping a 27-year-old software professional to bleed to death on an east Delhi highway more than a week ago, the police claimed on Wednesday.delhi Updated: Apr 05, 2012 00:38 IST
A gang of four highway robbers — including a juvenile — who used to pose as auto rickshaw drivers, was arrested for robbing, stabbing and dumping a 27-year-old software professional to bleed to death on an east Delhi highway more than a week ago, the police claimed on Wednesday.
Ved Prakash, the gang leader, Dinesh, Raju and his 17-year-old brother had lured their victim Rohit Prasad into their auto rickshaw at the Sarai Kale Khan ISBT by asking a seemingly cheap fare of R20 to get dropped to his residence at Mayur Vihar’s Phase-III, Prabhakar, DCP (east), said.
“One of them was driving while the other three, disguised as passengers, were already on the back seat of the vehicle when they approached Prasad,” said DCP Prabhakar.
“They then headed to Mayur Vihar’s Phase-III via the Nizamuddin Bridge. As they reached the bridge, one of them tried to rob Prasad of his mobile phone. When he resisted, another accused produced a knife, stabbed him on his left thigh and dumped him under the Akshardham flyover before fleeing,” he added.
After investigations, police concluded that Rohit could have been left to die at the end of a robbery incident and soon stumbled upon a similar incident reported last month which was executed almost identically.
On March 29, four men, including two drivers, were arrested for allegedly perpetrating several incidents of road robbery-cum-cheating on the pretext of offering cheap cab services to unsuspecting late night fares in west Delhi.
“We got reason to believe that a similar incident executed last month was perpetrated on a SUV. We tracked down the said car’s ownership and were finally able to trace it to one Nem Singh who provided inputs about Prakash’s gang and their arrests,” DCP Prabhakar said.
During interrogation, the gang admitted to their involvement in the incident, in addition to 10 others, and said they used to operate on the major arterial roads of Delhi during late evening or early morning hours when public transport is scarcely available.
“The admitted that they would prey upon unsuspecting and impatient passengers in an evident hurry to get to their destinations at cheap costs,” Prabhakar added.