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Robbers who struck at Karol Bagh jeweller’s home posing as CBI officials arrested

Police said the gang was inspired by Bollywood movie Special 26 and tried to play out its plot while committing the robbery at jeweller Nawal Kishore Khandelwal’s home on July 27.

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2017 21:46 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times
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Police said the gang was inspired by Bollywood movie Special 26 and tried to play out its plot while committing the robbery at jeweller Nawal Kishore Khandelwal’s home on July 27.

Ten days after a gang of nine robbers robbed a jeweller in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh posing as CBI officials, the crime branch on Sunday arrested three of them from Shahbad Dairy in outer Delhi.

Police said the robbers are affiliated to notorious gangster Neeraj Bawana’s gang. One of the arrested men, Neeraj Singh, is a relative of the jailed gangster.

The other two are Narender Vesnav alias Sunny and Madan. A police uniform, one countrymade pistol, a knife, one roll of medical tape to gag victims’ mouths and a Pulsar bike were recovered from them.

Police said the gang was inspired by Bollywood movie Special 26 and tried to play out its plot while committing the robbery at jeweller Nawal Kishore Khandelwal’s home on July 27. The robbers in police uniform reached Khandelwal’s house posing as CBI sleuths.

G Ramgopal Naik, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said the police had information they would go to Shahbad Dairy on a motorcycle to meet someone.

“A trap was laid and the three were caught when they arrived on a Pulsar bike,” the DCP said.

Neeraj Singh told the police that he used to run a jewellery shop in Bawana but he suffered losses and owed money to financers. He joined Neeraj Bawana’s gang as he was very impressed by his popularity in Delhi’s crime world.

Neeraj formed a gang and started visiting Chandni Chowk to identify their targets. They came in contact with one Pandit, an accountant in a jeweller’s shop. Pandit gave them information about Khandelwal and they conducted a recce of his Karol Bagh house for days.

On July 27, Neeraj and Harbansh stayed in their Wagon-R car while seven others went to Khandelwal’s house. Sunny in police uniform rang the bell. When Khandelwal’s wife Urmila opened the door, all seven entered the house. They overpowered Urmila, her daughter-in-law Megha, and four-year-old grandson Divyansh.

“They put a pistol on Divyansh’s head and tied the two women. They were ransacking the house when Urmila’s other daughter-in-law Preeti came down from the third floor, saw the robbers and raised an alarm,” said the officer. The robbers panicked and fled with some jewellery.

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 21:45 IST