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Gang of mobile snatchers arrested for murders

Police said the gang members did not hesitate in killing their targets who resisted the snatching attempt; gang behind two murders on Dec 30 and Jan 12; operated in areas from Dasna to Sector 62 along NH-24

noida Updated: Jan 21, 2018 23:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Ghaziabad crime,Ghaziabad news,Ghaziabad murders
Eight members of a gang of mobile snatchers were arrested by the Masuri police, along with a team from the crime branch, near the Masuri rail bridge on Sunday morning.

The Ghaziabad police on Sunday arrested a gang of eight mobile snatchers who allegedly murdered two persons in two separate incidents in the district.

Police said the gang members did not hesitate in killing their targets who resisted the snatching attempt.

Masuri police, along with a team of crime branch, arrested eight persons from near the Masuri rail bridge on Sunda morning and recovered six knives, a mobile phone and Rs3,200 from their possession. The eight accused have been identified as Naeem, Wahid Shahrukh, Gulfam, of Dasna; Israil and Aakil, of Meerut; Salman, of Bulandshahr and Aslam, of Sahibabad.

Superintendent of police (rural) AK Maurya said Naeem was the leader of the gang and is named in 10 cases of murder, robbery and dacoity. Two recent cases of murder on December 30 and January 12 in the district have also been cracked with the arrest of the gang, he said.

In an incident on December 30, Lokesh Srivastava, a 2nd-year student of BSc (biotech) at IMS, was murdered in Dasna. He was from Etah and lived in a hostel. The incident took place when he was on his way to Nainital to celebrate New Year and had just withdrawn Rs1,500 from an ATM. The police said the gang tracked him, attacked him near the Dasna flyover, stabbed him and took his possessions.

In the other incident on January 12, Arvind Yadav and his friend Yatish Kumar were heading home when they were stabbed several times by unidentified men. The incident took place outside a house in Sector 12 area of Vijay Nagar. Yadav suffered severe injuries and was declared dead at the hospital. Kumar was rushed to another hospital for treatment.

The locals had told police that they saw three men get into an altercation roadside and one of them was waving a knife. Eyewitnesses had told the police that one of them was inflicting blows on the duo and he had fled the spot.

Maurya said the call details and location of the phone of one of the victims led to the arrest of the gang as one of the criminals was using it.

The police said the gang members would start targeting their victims around 8pm every day from Dasna to Sector 62, Noida along the National Highway-24. They would tell their families that they worked in the night shift and would distribute the sale proceeds of the robbed mobile phones among themselves. Each one of them would get over Rs20,000 per month as their share, the police said.

Police said they operated mainly near Dasna flyover, Lal Kuan, ABES cut, Vijay Nagar bypass, Jal Nigam Road, Samrat Chowk, Behrampur and CISF cut.

First Published: Jan 21, 2018 23:29 IST