The Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested a 25-year-old man for his alleged involvement in over 100 cases of robbery and snatchings in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The accused, Shahnawaz Khan, allegedly targeted women traveling in autorickshaws and cars, police said.
A resident of Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi, the accused had allegedly amassed huge property, the police said. They said this year alone, 51 cases of robbery and snatching had been registered against him.
In March, the accused had had allegedly attacked and robbed a woman news editor of Press Trust of India in daylight in Patparganj area of east Delhi.
"We arrested Shahnawaz Khan from Laxmi Nagar area. He is involved in more than 100 cases. From the looted material, he has amassed huge property by purchasing flats and plots in Delhi and NCR," said Anand Mohan, deputy commissioner of police (east) said.
The arrest came following investigations into a spate of robberies and snatching by two motorcycle-borne men in various parts of the capital, Ghaziabad and Noida, police said.
After one of the victims identified Khan, Mohan said, the police conducted a raid in Shakarpur area on June 29 but he and his associate managed to give the investigators a slip.
“On Monday, the police again received a specific input that some criminals involved in snatchings would assemble near Walia Nursing Home in Laxmi Nagar, which led to the arrest of Khan.
During interrogation, it was also found he was also allegedly involved in the murder of one of his associates, Khurshid, in January 16 this year.
Khan had come out of jail in 2008 and since then, he along with associate Ashiq Ali targeted women travelling in auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws or any other vehicle.
"They used to stop the vehicles on some pretext, threaten the passengers and rob them. They also targetted women walking alone on the road," Mohan said.
The latest cases were reported from Indirapuram in Ghaziabad on June 29, where they committed three robberies.