Sandeep Sharma and his elder sister did not know that an impromptu video of some “suspicious people” that they shot on their mobile phone would help the police arrest three men involved in 27 cases of theft in government colonies.
Using the clip, the police arrested the three men who disguised themselves as members of a “religious group.”
Sharma, 18, and his sister, children of a Supreme Court employee, were home when they saw some men trying to break open the house of a neighbour in Lodhi Colony, on October 20.
“I heard some noise and saw a man carrying pliers trying to enter a house opposite ours. I smelled a rat and informed my sister. Without wasting any time, I made their video with my mobile phone,” said Sharma, a student of BA-Ist year at Delhi University.
The teenager said when the accused entered the house, he bolted the door from outside, raised an alarm, forcing the thieves to jump from the second floor house and run.
“I called the police and gave them the clip. I did not know this could be helpful. I did not fear for my life then, and still I don’t,” said a cheerful Sharma.
Police said the three accused, identified as Akhil, Sunil and Ajay, all in their early twenties, started committing thefts in 2002 and have been arrested in Defence Colony, CR Park, Sangam Vihar and the Trans-Yamuna area.
“We circulated the video clip to our sources and contacts. We arrested them a day ago when they were planning to strike at
another house in Lodhi Colony,” said HGS Dhaliwal, deputy commissioner of police (south).
Police said the gang met at a video game shop in Kotla and procured a note book of ‘Mata ka Jagran’ from a book store.
“They named themselves as ‘Jagran Gang’. One of the accused, Sunil, was a fan of a famous film actor and was given the alias of Govinda due to his dancing skills,” said the officer.
Police said the accused were drug addicts and spent money on their girl friends. They were members of a gymnasium in Kotla and rented a house for Rs 2,500. Police recovered stolen jewellery and electronics items worth Rs 4 lakh and house breaking implements from them.