Three persons, including a pharmacy student, have been arrested for allegedly robbing commuters on the Noida-Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressways by posing as taxi drivers.
The accused have been identified as Sachin (23) Amarinder (25) and Babli Nagar (28). They were arrested from Kasna late Sunday evening, the police said.
Amarinder is a B Pharma student at a private university in Greater Noida, the police said.
“Police teams were deployed on roads after we received a number of complaints about commuters being robbed on the expressways by men posing as taxi drivers. On Sunday, the Kasna police received information that the accused were travelling in a. The police intercepted the car and nabbed them,” said Abhishek Yadav, superintendent of police (rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.
The police said the accused were involved in more than 12 incidents of commuters being robbed on expressways.
“The car in which the accused were travelling was used by them for robbery. One of them posed as driver while the other two posed as passengers. They would look for people, especially men, waiting for taxis. After making people sit in the car, they would rob them at an isolated stretch. The victims were done dumped on the road,” said Yadav.
The police have recovered nine stolen phones, two debit cards and three knives from their possession.
“Babli is the mastermind of the gang. The youths wanted to live a lavish lifestyle and so started committing crimes. They were sent to jail by the court,” said Yadav.