Five highway robbers arrested in Delhi

Five youths were arrested in south-east Delhi for their alleged involvement in a series of highway robberies, police said on Friday.

Updated: Feb 04, 2011, 20:48 PM IST

New Delhi: Five youths were arrested in
south-east Delhi for their alleged involvement in a series of
highway robberies, police said on Friday.

The arrested have been identified as Shakeel (22),
Umardeen (20), Yunus (21) -- all residents of Mewat in
Haryana; Rakesh (34) from Jhunjhnu in Rajasthan and Munna Alam
(22) from Kishanganj in Bihar.
They were arrested from near Sarita Vihar Metro Station
yesterday on a tip-off, DCP (Special Cell) Arun Kampani said.

The gang was allegedly involved in many cases of robbery
and attempt to murder in Narnaul, Dharuhera, Mahender Garh and
Gurgaon (Haryana), Bhiwasi and Alwar (Rajasthan) and Sahibabad
(UP).

Two country-made pistols, a car, Rs 60,000 cash and
sedative tablets in large quantity were recovered from their
possession.
"They were involved in highway robberies since 2006...
They used to target truck drivers who stop at roadside
eateries, where one of the gang members usually used to take
up the job of waiter and served food mixed with sedatives.

"When the driver commences his journey, they request them
to take their friend for a short distance. The truck drivers
usually used to oblige and when the sleeping pills started
showing its effect on the drivers, the gang members used to
overpower them," Kampani said.

Other members who followed the trucks used to intercept
the vehicle later and throw the driver and conductor from the
running trucks or else kill them and flee with the vehicles
laden with goods, he said.

The stolen articles were sold at throwaway prices, while
the robbed truck is taken to Khalid, a resident of Mathura who
is into transport business.

PTI