Two Irani gang members held, cheated people by impersonating as CBI, Delhi Police officials
Police said the gang was inspired by a Bollywood movie in which the main characters used to cheat innocent people by posing as CBI officials. The imposters used to wear police uniforms and carried fake wireless sets.delhi Updated: Jun 23, 2017 18:28 IST
Two members a gang that robbed elderly people of their cash and jewellery by impersonating as CBI or Delhi Police officers have been arrested.
Senior police officers said the ‘Nasir Irani gang’ originally operated from Mumbai. The gang leader Nasir was recently arrested.
Police said the gang was inspired by a Bollywood movie in which the main characters used to cheat innocent people by posing as CBI officials. The imposters used to wear police uniforms and carried fake wireless sets.
Jatin Narwal, deputy commissioner of police (north), said the arrested cheats, identified as Hasan Aziz Sayyed and Amjad Sameer, belonged to Thane in Maharashtra.
Sayyed is one of the most wanted criminals of Mumbai and he was already booked under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
“The two were arrested from Lahori Gate when they and their associates were attempting to cheat a Ghaziabad resident, Chanderpal. When Chanderpal raised an alarm, a patrolling team responded and overpowered Sayyed and Sameer. The other two men managed to flee,” said the DCP, adding two motorcycles were seized from them and 10 cases were solved.
According to Narwal, the gang has more than 40 members and they operate with a unique modus operandi. The gang members divide themselves in a group of four. Each member of the group has a different role to play.
“One of them would impersonate as an inspector in CBI or Delhi Police crime branch while two others will act as his driver and operator. The fourth member will pose as a constable and his job it to accost their target victim,” said Narwal, adding the gang mostly targeted elderly women walking alone in a lonely street.
Explaining the modus operandi, a police officer said one gang member would stop an elderly woman after introducing himself as a constable. He would then ask the woman to meet his senior officer for routine searching and frisking. The fake inspector will share a fake snatching or robbery story in the same locality and would ask her to remove his or her jewellery.
“The fake inspector will take her jewellery on the pretext of wrapping them in a paper. The cheat would wrap the jewellery in the paper but would replace it with a similar packet and put the replaced packet in her bag. On reaching home, the victim will find her valuables missing,” said the officer.