Two men, who were allegedly part of the gang that had launched an armed assault on the local police when caught stealing livestock, have been arrested, the crime branch said on Friday.
Identified as Mehtab, 28, and Shehnab, 22, the duo was nabbed by the special unit of the crime branch from near the Sarai Kale Khan bus terminal around 7:30 pm on Thursday evening, said Ravindra Yadav, additional CP (crime and railways).
“On the intervening night of January 15 and 16, residents of Rohini Sector 27 noticed that some men aboard a Tata 407 had stolen their cattle and were moving towards Bawana. They raised an alarm and also informed the police,” said additional CP Yadav.
Local police and PCR vans chased the Tata 407 and tried to stop the vehicle near Delhi Technical University, Main Bawana Road and Siraspur. The chase continued for two hours, but instead of stopping, the people aboard the Tata 407 opened fire on the police party and also pelted stones.
Two policemen were injured in the incident. One of the gang’s members was gunned down in retaliatory police firing.
“They were fortunately forced to stop their vehicle at the closed railway crossing near Bhorgarh but by that time, they had managed to escape, leaving behind the stolen livestock,” additional CP Yadav said.
Post arrest, the police claimed, the duo was subjected to intensive interrogation during which they revealed that they had modified their stolen Tata 407 to crush opposition and, during some instances, had even thrown cattle from their vehicle in front of the chasing police vehicles.
“This gang has been found to have been involved in more than a dozen cases of cattle thefts in Delhi, and more than 50 across NCR, UP, Haryana and other states,” Yadav added.