The Ghaziabad crime branch arrested on Sunday two members of a gang who burgled the Global College of Law in Kushaliya for nearly three hours on the intervening night of September 30 and October 1. They also held the hostel students hostage before escaping in a mini-truck with goods worth lakhs of rupees.
Police arrested Abid from Jarcha in Gautam Budh Nagar and Suhail from Vijay Nagar. Following interrogation, other gang members were identified as Farukh, Shamshu, Saddam, Chand, Naved and Sahid.
All victim students, including two girls, who were robbed of their valuable were from Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from taking their belongings, the gang also made off with computers, LED monitors, fans, water coolers, taps and fittings, and other valuable items from the campus.
“Following a conversation with students, we got information that one of the robbers received an SMS on his mobile late night and the students heard the notification sound when they were tied up in a room. Several police teams worked on the lead through electronic surveillance and scanned all mobile phones that received messages in the area on the night of the incident. The SMS was received around 2:20 am,” a police source said.
Police also said the robbers ensured that they did not take mobile phones of students with them and had bundled all their mobiles in a pillow cover. However, while they were leaving, one of the robbers managed to pick one of the phones and took it along. This also helped police track the gang.
“Both the SMS and the robbed mobile phone lead us to the robbers. Following the arrest, we recovered 17 LED monitors, three computers, water cooler, room heater, TV and the truck used in the crime. Farukh has nearly 15 cases against his name at Bulandshahr, Hapur, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar. Shamshu also has five cases against his name. Teams are still working to arrest the remaining accused,” Rakesh Kumar Pandey, superintendent of police (rural), said.
After the robbery, the valuables were stored at a hideout in Vijay Nagar and later taken to Masuri to dispose them of to scrap dealers.