For these four boys, robbing people was the means to buy box-office tickets. The southwest Delhi Police on Sunday arrested four juveniles who allegedly loved to watch movies at multiplexes and robbed people to get the money to do that.
The police detained the four while they were trying to escape after robbing a person. The incident was reported from Madhu Vihar on Sunday while they were fleeing after robbing an ice seller of Rs 3,000.
The police said the accused first assaulted the vendor and then were fleeing with the money when they were caught. All the boys are between 12 to 16 years of age.
“The complainant managed to gather his wits and raised an alarm and his brother and relatives rushed to help him. They chased the boys and apprehended them,” said AK Jha, deputy commissioner of police (southwest).
They are all friends and used to study together in the same government school in their area. They had started robbing people only sometime back, the police revealed after initial questioning of the boys.
“All the four boys are school dropouts and they belong to poor families. Unable to get money for watching movies at theatres, they resorted to crime,” Jha added.
The police said the accused planned their robberies way in advance before committing the crime. It was also revealed that they take up strategic positions in dark lanes of the area and attack people returning from work or shops. The police are investigating and trying to uncover their past crimes as well.