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Three swindlers who posed as govt officials to rob houses arrested

Police said the accused have at least 34 cases of thefts registered against them in the Vijay Nagar, Sihani Gate, Indirapuram and Sahibabad police station limits.

noida Updated: Sep 06, 2018 07:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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The gang targeted residents of Ghaziabad and Noida, mostly between 10am and 2pm. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad police on Wednesday arrested three members of ‘peeli parchi’ (yellow slip) gang which robbed residents of valuable after posing as government officials.

The gang targeted residents in Ghaziabad and Noida, mostly between 10am and 2pm, and have a total of 43 cases registered against them, police said.

The three accused were identified as Shiv Kumar, 22, of Ludhiana and his two accomplices, Sahib Dulai, 26, and Suje Puden, 27, both residents of Howrah in West Bengal.

The police said the trio had been living in a hotel in Patparganj, Delhi, and targeted residents of Ghaziabad and Noida.

“They would recce houses where only senior citizens or children are at home during daytime. They would pose as government officials (from income tax or other departments) and would tell occupants that there was a ‘yellow slip’ kept in their house,” Shlok Kumar, superintendent of police (city), said.

Police said they would also find out the background and occupation of the family’s breadwinner and then go to his house posing as an office assistant who “has been sent to the house to look for a yellow file”.

“Once they secured entry, they would carry out searches and take away valuables.The gang had been involved in this crime since 2017 in Ghaziabad and Noida. We will share information with the Noida police,” Kumar said.

The police said the three members of the gang have at least 34 cases of thefts against them in Vijay Nagar, Sihani Gate, Indirapuram and Sahibabad police stations.

“The other cases in Noida will be ascertained soon,” he said.

The police, following their arrest from Vijay Nagar, also recovered several gold chains, gold rings, a motorcycle and other jewellery items from their possession. A couple of months ago, the police had also picked up a local journalist on suspicion of him being member of the gang.

“The man was picked up for questioning as he looked like one of the gang members whose image was captured by CCTV cameras. The gang was nabbed on the basis of local information, CCTV footage and electronic surveillance,” Kumar said.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 07:16 IST