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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Beware! Drug-and-loot gangs targeting Delhi Metro passengers

Faizan Haidar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 30, 2013
First Published: 00:25 IST(30/12/2013) | Last Updated: 08:30 IST(30/12/2013)

A 47-year-old woman was scared of getting on an escalator. Another woman in her mid 30s befriended her while helping her get on to an escalator at a Metro station. They travelled together in the same Metro train later.

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The next thing the 47-year-old remembers is waking up at a park in Rohini and realizing that she had been drugged and robbed of her belongings.

A menace plaguing the Indian Railways network for long, the infamous drug-and-loot gangs seem to have started targeting passengers on Delhi Metro too. The gangs, against who repeated announcements at railway stations ask passengers to guard against and not accept any food or beverages from, have spread fear among Metro commuters prompting Delhi Police to come out with a list of name of members of such bands. The cops claimed that the gangs mostly targeted elderly people travelling alone in the Metro.

“We have prepared a list of 80 persons, of which at least a dozen are women. They are the ones who have been involved in cases of drugging in Indian Railways network as well. The booklet carrying the photograph and other important details of the gang member has been circulated among the staff. This will help them in identifying the suspects moving in and around the Metro station,” a senior police officer said.

Interestingly the police have found that the gang zeroed down on target going to religious places near the Metro stations. “They identify the target, mostly elderly travelling alone, while they are exiting a Metro station. One of the gang members is a woman, who is then sent to befriend the victim and travel with them,” the officer added. In the 47-year-old woman’s case, the victim had gone to the Shish Ganj Gurdwara, which is near the Chandni Chowk Metro station.

The 30-year-old woman in that case followed her and started talking to her near the escalator. “The woman was robbed of her purse, gold bangles and chain. In her statement she gave the description of the woman, with whom she travelled. She had no idea when was she drugged and dumped near a school in Rohini,” the officer further said.

The woman who robbed her was said to be wearing a coat and jeans. Police have also taken details from the CCTV cameras installed at the Metro station.


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