Charged with looting and assaulting more than 20 executives, three members of an interstate highway robbers' gang were arrested on Wednesday. The city police also seized two country-made pistols, three laptops and the car (HR-26-BR-5325) used for committing the crimes.
The accused were identified as Sonu from Bhiwani along with Rewari residents Inderjeet alias Monu and Hanuman. According to the police, the gang lured victims on the pretext of offering a lift in their Maruti Swift Dzire car. After the unsuspecting passenger boarded the car, they assaulted them and forced to divulge their ATM card information to withdraw cash.
The investigation into the multiple robberies was handed over to Gurgaon's Crime Investigation Agency-17. Following a tip-off and technical probe by the cyber crime cell, the team, led by inspector Rajinder Singh, nabbed the three accused before they could rob another victim on Wednesday.
"The gang was involved in more than 20 cases registered in Haryana and Rajasthan. They are history-sheeters and have already been arrested thrice," said Alok Mittal, police commissioner, Gurgaon.
The accused had robbed the car used in the crimes from a driver on June 6 after intercepting a Hyundai Accent car from Neemrana in Rajasthan. The accused are also learnt to have set ablaze a Maruti Alto car robbed from Alwar in Rajasthan after using it for three operations.
Arrested in 2007, 2009 and 2010, the trio was freed from Bhondsi jail this year. On being produced in court on Thursday, the arrested were remanded to one day's police custody for further investigation.
Box: Recent cases of highway robberies
June 15: Two executives of Udhyog Vihar were trapped after availing of a lift in their Maruti Swift Dzire car and were robbed of R28,000.
June 14: Devi Dutt boarded a cab from IFFCO Chowk and was robbed of R20,000 and his mobile phone by three unidentified men.
June 14: Three men were robbed after they boarded a cab from the bus stand.
June 12: Jai Bhagwan, a daily commuter, was assaulted, robbed by three unidentified men and later thrown into a roadside field near Pataudi.
June 8: Two executives were robbed of their valuables, cash and ATM cards by three men in a Maruti Swift Dzire car.
May 6: Three unidentified men robbed a mobile showroom manager at knife point near Iffco Chowk. The victim was dumped on the Gurgaon-Faridabad expressway after being robbed of R30,000 in cash and a mobile phone.