New Delhi: Delhi police on Monday claimed to have arrested a 30-year-old man for allegedly being part of a gang which used to befriend army personnel at railway stations and bus stands and steal their debit/credit cards with an aim to withdrawing big amounts.
Mukesh was arrested by Delhi Railway Police yesterday. He was allegedly part of a gang which came under police`s scanner on January 3 when one Ragunath Behera, a serviceman hailing from Odisha, complained that he had been robbed of his bag at New Delhi railway station.
"At about 6 AM, while he (Behera) was at platform No.16, one person approached him posing as an armyman and struck up a conversation. After some time, the complainant went to the toilet, leaving his bag containing ATM cards with the impersonator," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways), Sanjay Bhatia.
When he returned, he found that the said person was missing along with his bag. While he was still looking for the conman, the complainant received a message on his cellphone that cash of Rs 51,000 had been withdrawn from his bank accounts through the stolen ATM cards.
On January 22, another armyman, Manoj Kumar Samad, was cheated of his ATM Card in a similar way, said Bhatia.
During the probe, details of the stolen ATM cards obtained from the banks and shops revealed that Mukesh was involved in the withdrawal of money at Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Mukesh was subsequently arrested when he came to collect money at a petrol pump. An ATM card issued in the name of Manoj Kumar Samad, Rs 2,500, a laptop and a vehicle were recovered from him.
During the interrogation, Mukesh told police that he and his associates had duped several army personnel at railway stations and bus stands in Delhi.
Efforts are on to arrest his remaining associates, police said.