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Gang of auto-lifters busted in South Delhi

Three men, allegedly involved in executing a series of chain-snatching and auto-lifting incidents, were arrested in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony, police said on Tuesday.

delhi Updated: Jul 10, 2012 23:22 IST
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Three men, allegedly involved in executing a series of chain-snatching and auto-lifting incidents, were arrested in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony, police said on Tuesday.

Arif Mohammad Akram, 37, the gang leader, Islam Nazir, 27, and Vipin Singh, 33, all of whom hail from UP, were wanted in at least five criminal cases, said Ajay Chaudhary, additional CP (southeast).

"We had received a tip-off that a dreaded gang was operating in our part of the city and nabbed them while enquiring into their presence in the area when they were on their way to deliver stolen vehicle," Chaudhary said.

According to police, Arif and Islam were nabbed while they were on their way to deliver a Tata Safari which they had stolen from Noida.

On interrogation, the accused disclosed that the two gold chains, which had been recovered from their possession, had been snatched, police claimed.

"Ari was arrested once in a murder case in 1995 and then again in the year 2001. While in jail, he came in contact with Anil Chauhan, a notorious auto-lifter with more than 50 criminal involvements," Chaudhary said.

After coming out of jail, police said, Arif started working for Chauhan, who taught him the technique of making duplicate keys. As a result, he was arrested along with Chauhan in 2003 in an auto-lifting case.

"Arif and his gang also indulge in snatching incidents which they perpetrate in stolen vehicles. Arif himself takes the responsibility of delivering the booty," Chaudhary said.