Increased awareness and police patrolling on the streets of Mumbai have acted as a major put-off for a Mumbai-based group of Iranian origin criminals. According to the police, these criminals are now flying to other cities to execute their activities.
A month ago, the Delhi police claimed to have neutralised a gang, the members of which posed as policemen to cheat women. Ramrao Pawar, additional commissioner of police (north region), said that these persons are a group of Iranians residing in Kalyan, who cheat people through impersonation.
“Since such crimes have declined owing to increased awareness and police patrols, this group of Iranians is gradually moving throughout the country. Similar offences by the group were recently reported from South India as well,” said Pawar.
Pawar said that several hoardings have been put up in the city with a view to warn people against these criminals. Besides, the police also organise interactive meetings in various housing societies to deter people from believing the impostors. Increased police visibility due to constant checks, nakabandis and patrolling has further deterred the criminals.
“These groups usually target elderly people. They make up stories of riots and chaos, and convince people to remove their jewellery, following which they flee with the booty,” said Pawar.
According to the Delhi police, the gang members were recently involved in at least a dozen cases of cheating in Delhi in the recent past.
A senior police officer who was part of the team that busted the gang in Delhi said, “We arrested four members of the gang on March 31. But there are others living in Thane who are involved in similar crimes. We are on the lookout for them.”
A 70-year-old resident of Chandni Chowk in Delhi was recently conned by three men posing to be policemen, who duped her of her gold bangles after warning her that she might be robbed by some criminals who were active in the area.