Two persons allegedly involved in several cases of chain snatching in Delhi and neighbouring Faridabad have been arrested, police said on Monday.
Tahir (22) and Mamnun (20), both residents of south Delhi's Sangam Vihar locality, were arrested following a complaint by one Manju Brahma, a resident of Guwahati, who had come visit her relative in Pushp Vihar, DCP South District Chhaya Sharma said.
Police have recovered two gold chains, which were snatched by them and their associates, and the motorcycle on which they used to commit crime.
With their arrest, police claim to have busted a gang of chain snatchers and worked out recent incidents of chain snatching.
On October 3, Brahma had gone to weekly market in Pushp Vihar. Around 7pm, two motorcycle borne youth snatched her gold chain and escaped. A constable chase them and tried to note the number but could only take down only some digits of the bike's registration number.
During investigation, it was found that the motorcycle was disposed off by the first owner in an exchange offer and some other person had bought it on fake address.
"Police examined the employees of agencies from where the exchange offer motorcycle was further sold off. They gave some clue about the persons who had visited the showroom and might have purchased the motorcycle, based on which Tahir and Mamnun were identified and arrested from their rented house in Sangam Vihar," Sharma said.
During interrogation, they said that they along with other associates had committed several snatchings in Delhi and Faridabad.
They also said that initially they used to commit chain snatchings in trains by boarding from Tughlakabad Railway station. They have hideouts in Sangam Vihar, Khirki, Malviya Nagar and in Village Khori in Faridabad.
They said that their other associates, who were involved in disposal of gold chains in the past, had gone a day before to their native place with the gold articles snatched by this group in the recent past, police said.
Tahir originally belongs to Badau district of Uttar Pradesh while Mamnum belongs to village Khori of Lakkarpur in Faridabad.