Don’t hand over jewellery to any stranger on road
Their modus operandi is to stop elderly women on the road and admonish them for flouting a “government ban” on wearing valuable jewellery openly.delhi Updated: Jul 31, 2008 01:13 IST
Snatching cases may have grabbed headlines, but here is a gang that found an innovative method to cheat women. Their modus operandi is to stop elderly women on the road and admonish them for flouting a “government ban” on wearing valuable jewellery openly.
They introduce themselves as policemen and tell the victims that the ban has been announced because of spate of snatching incidents cases in the city.
The women are then asked to hand over their jewellery to be weighed for official records. The gang members then simply disappear with the valuable. Victims say they were unable to move or shout.
In the last one-month, five such cases have been reported from areas like Hauz Khas, Vasant Vihar, Lodhi Colony and RK Puram. One of the victims, 53-year-old homemaker, Paramjeet Kaur (53), was so shocked after the incident that she has stopped venturing out of her house alone.
“I was on my way to pay my electricity bills when three men stopped me near the IIT flyover. They were in their mid-30s. They told me that some Sharma ji was looking for me. I told them that I did not know any one by that name. They said that they belonged to Delhi Police,” said Kaur.
She added that although all of them were in plainclothes, one of them flashed an identity card to prove that he was a police personnel.
“I was so terrified that I took out my gold bangles and kept them inside my purse. They asked me to take the bangle out again on the pretext of weighing them. I do not know what happened after that,” she said.
“I was speechless for the next couple of minutes. I saw them walking away but could not shout. When I checked my purse, I found the bangles missing. It was then that I realised that I had been conned. They could have even killed me had I not given them the jewellery,” Kaur told Hindustan Times. She claimed that the men hypnotised her.
The other incident was reported from Vasant Vihar where the same gang allegedly targeted a housewife on her way to the local market. This time the cheats were wearing khaki trousers.
“The men stopped me and said that a raid was being conducted on women wearing heavy jewellery outside their homes. I immediately took off my jewellery and kept them inside my bag. They told me that they wanted to weigh the jewellery and prepare a challan. When I gave them the jewellery, they boarded an autorickshaw in front of me and fled, I could not do anything,” said a housewife. The victim did not want to be named.
Police said they have specific clues on the case and the conmen will be nabbed soon. “Our teams are working on the cases,” said a senior police officer.