Gang uses police wireless message to rob people on highway in Ghaziabad, nabbed
In a majority of the cases which have surfaced so far, the gang generally took away ATM cards and debit cards of the victims in order to withdraw money from nearby ATMsnoida Updated: Feb 14, 2018 22:05 IST
The crime branch of the Ghaziabad police on Wednesday arrested a gang of three highway robbers who posed as police officers and robbed passengers by making them listen to police wireless messages coded into their car’s music system with the help of a pen drive.
The three accused were identified as Mukesh Kumar, Sanjay Mehra and Indrajeet Jatav. All of them are from Trilok Puri in Delhi.
The police carried out a checking operation at Dasna crossing after they got a tipoff about the movement of the gang on NH-24. The robbers were nabbed and two cars, an Eitos and a Chevrolet Aveo, which were used to ferry passengers, were seized. The police also seized blue beacon lights that the gang allegedly used.
“We have come across nearly 13 cases against the gang members. They robbed passengers after posing as police officers. They picked up passengers on the highways of Haryana, UP and Delhi. During the journey, they would win the confidence of the passengers after playing a pre-recorded police wireless message,” HN Singh, senior superintendent of police, said.
The wireless messages were downloaded from the internet and later copied on a pen drive which was inserted to the car’s music system.
“Once a passenger boards the car, the gang would play the music on the car’s audio system and then the wireless message about a possible police checking would also play. It led passengers believe that the men are from the police. Later, the gang would ask passengers to deposit their valuables with them to evade any police checking. That way, they collected the valuables and dumped the passengers along the highways after looting them,” SSP Singh said.
In a recent incident, the gang had robbed a young man of Rs 18,000 in Kavi Nagar and had also brought a swipe machine with which they checked whether his ATM card was working. They later withdrew cash from a nearby ATM kiosk using his card. The police said the swipe machine will be traced soon.
“The modus operandi of the gang is unique. With the help of the wireless message on the pen drive, they won the confidence of passengers. The gang operated on NH-24, GT Road, Gurgaon-Manesar Highway and areas of Amroha, Bulandshahr, Palwal and Mathura. They would pick up passengers from major intersections and later rob them of their valuables,” Dinesh Yadav, in-charge of the crime branch, said.
In a majority of the cases which have surfaced so far, the gang generally took away ATM cards and debit cards of the victims in order to withdraw money from nearby ATMs. The gang also used army caps to mislead the unsuspecting victims.