Coming from a family of tailors, Nasruddin, 22, did well enough to break tradition and get admission into Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College.
At KMC, where the fourth-cut off this year was 96.75 for commerce, Nasruddin was studying BCom in the third year. On Saturday, however, his father, Karim Mandal, was told his son is a criminal.
Nasruddin and his friend Sachin, 19, were arrested on Saturday for allegedly snatching mobile phones and stealing two-wheelers. Their friend Vivek escaped while the two were caught at a police picket.
As part of the Independence Day security arrangements, when police were checking vehicles at Shakarpur, east Delhi, three youths were asked to stop for riding a scooter without a helmet.
DCP (east) Rishi Pal said that the three boys, who were going towards ITO, fled in the opposite direction on seeing police officers at the picket. A police team chased and caught two of them, while the third managed to escape.
Sachin and Nasruddin initially told police that they had forgotten the scooter’s papers at home, but later broke down when officers confirmed that the scooter was stolen in April from Madhu Vihar. Four stolen cell phones were also recovered from them.
On Saturday night, hours after the arrest, when Nasruddin’s father was summoned to the police station, he told the investigating officer he had no idea about his son’s activities. “Nasruddin’s father broke down and told us that only a few days ago, he had asked his family why Nasruddin was hardly seen at home. He said that Nasruddin usually left home in the afternoon and returned only late at night. He had warned his son against coming late,” said an investigating officer.
Sachin is a BSc graduate from Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College in Agra and Vivek is reportedly studying to become a CA. Police said all the three are aspiring CAs and had met at Vivek’s rented flat in Shakarpur.
During their interrogation, they confessed that they stole phones and two-wheelers to make easy money. “They wanted to show off in college that they were rich. Nasruddin, along with Vivek, had stolen the scooter from Madhu Vihar. They used the scooter to snatch mobile phones. Two phones were snatched in Seelampur last month, while the other two were snatched in Noida and Khurja,” said an officer.
Nasruddin and Sachin said that they were involved in such crimes for the last three-four months. Police suspect, Vivek has been involved for a longer time. Vivek, is the son of a retired Uttar Pradesh head constable.