For a conman, hunting for a potential victim has become as easy as dialing a number. Indeed. Delhi Police is on the lookout for a gang who is using dial up directory services to locate their victims who mainly deal in foreign exchange.
According to police, the gang calls up popular directory services and ask for names, addresses and phone numbers of high-profile money exchangers whom they later call, stalk and later rob. If resisted, they throw red chili powder at the victim or even attack them with weapons.
In June, the Delhi police had arrested three people of a similar gang for allegedly robbing an employee of a foreign money exchange firm.
"Investigation reveal that an organised gang of robbers are behind these incidents. We have prepared a portrait of one of the assailants and are hoping to smash the gang soon," said an senior investigating officer.
In last five months, as many as five money exchangers or their staff members have been targeted by the gang. One of the complainants, Bhubaneswar Chand Belwal, who works as business development officer in a renowned foreign exchange firm in Hauz Khas told the police that three to four assailants attempted to rob him of Rs 3.58 lakh which was to be exchanged with £5,000.
"A person who identified himself as Ajit Pasa called Belwal's office saying he had £5,000 which he wanted to convert into Indian currency. The deal was finalised and Belwal reached Anand Niketan where Pasa had asked him to meet. All of a sudden a man appeared, threw chilli powder on Belwal's face and started beating him up. Seeing this, he screamed for help and the assailants who were four in number fled," said the officer.