Three of robbery gang arrested in Ghaziabad admit to role in 150 crimes across India
The six-member gang was operating for a while in Ghaziabad and had, on June 7, robbed a Kaushambi resident of Rs 2 lakh when he was in his car.noida Updated: Jul 11, 2017 22:46 IST
The Ghaziabad police said they have arrested three of a group of robbers on Tuesday for their alleged involvement in around 150 incidents of robberies in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Tamil Nadu. The police said that the group has amassed several properties, cars and high-speed bikes.
The six-member gang was operating for a while in Ghaziabad and had, on June 7, robbed a Kaushambi resident of Rs 2 lakh when he was in his car. However, the police said that the men were spotted while tailing the victim’s car outside a high-rise in Kaushambi.
The three accused, identified as Mohan Singh, Badal and Pramod, are from Meerut and Vrindavan. The police said that the accused are all skilled riders and frequently raced bikes.
“The gang travels from state to state to conduct robberies and heists. They own high-speed bikes such as Pulsar and Apache. Their modus operandi is to conduct a recce of banks to identify customers who withdrew large amounts of cash. Then, they would follow the person and snatch the bag midway. In case the victim travelled in a car, they would intercept the vehicle when it slowed down and take the bags after breaking the windows with a screwdriver,” Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city), said.
The police said that generally, two to three men rode bikes during robberies while others followed in a car. During the incident in Kaushambi, the gang trailed their victim on bikes and a Xylo car they had purchased.
The gang, according to the police, owns houses in Pallavpuram locality of Meerut and also flats in a gated society in Vrindavan.
They also took laptops, cameras and other valuables and immediately disposed of the cases to avoid suspicion. Our teams are also searching for three absconding members and have shared information with the district and state police officers about the crimes they committed. So far, they have admitted to their role in nearly 150 incidents in different states,” Tomar said.
The police on Tuesday recovered Rs1.8 lakh that was robbed from the Kaushambi resident, an Apache bike, two Pulsar bikes and the Xylo used in the crime, besides three handbags, laptops and mobile phones.