The man behind at least 50 highway robberies in the state capital and adjoini ng districts landed in police net here in Vibhuti Khand on Tuesday. He heads a gang that intercepts vehicles on highways posing as police personnel and robs the commuters.
The police said the gang leader even used to wear Khaki uniform to pose as cops and even install blue beacon on a four-wheeler to make commuters believe them as police team.
Nagendra Chaubey, inspector of Vibhuti Khand police station said the accused, Rakesh Singh alias Monu had long criminal record with at least a dozen of cases registered against him. He said the gang has around five active members and they together had committed over four dozen robberies on th highways.
“The gang is very daring as they never plan anything before committing crime. They often used to meet and commit crime after receiving the gang leader’s call,” said Chaubey.
He said the gang’s modus operandi is to don Khaki uniform and keep moving around on highways in a four-wheeler. He said they used to install blue beacon on the four-wheeler after finding the suitable target and intercept the commuters by chasing them.
“The gang leader often posed as police personnel and his gang men used to search the commuters and their vehicles. They used to snatch their cash and belongings making them believe that they were paying it as bribe for their fault of overloading, over speeding or for violating other norms,” said the inspector and added, “Many of them had not even reported the incident to police believing them as real cops.”
He said the gang leader has confessed to his gang’s involvement in many similar cases in Lucknow, Kanpur, Barabanki, Sultanpur, Unnao, Sitapur, Hardoi, Rae Bareli, Faizabad and Ambedkarnagar.
Chaubey said the gang leader was arrested on the basis of details extracted from two members of his gang Mohd Furqan and Alok Verma arrested on Saturday night. He said some other members of the gang including one Yasim is still at large. The police are carrying out raids for their arrest.