New Delhi: With the arrest of four persons, police have claimed to have smashed a gang whose members would pose as police personnel to rob Afghan nationals after accusing them of carrying drugs and fake currency.
Among those arrested are two Afghan nationals who identified potential targets, police said today.
The gang had on April 8 robbed Shamim, an Afghan businessman, of USD 1,27,500 (Rs 76,86,975) and bought an Toyota Innova car worth Rs 11 lakh and a Honda CBR bike worth Rs 1.85 lakh with the money.
Police has recovered the two vehicles along with an Indica car which was used in the crime and Rs 16,00,000 cash from them.
"We have recovered valuables around 35 lakh from them," said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.
The accused identified as Arif Khan (38), Yashvir Singh (43), both residents of Delhi and Agha Khan (42) and Wali Agha (25), both Afghan nationals, were arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police yesterday following a tip off.
"In past few months, there had been some incidents of robberies from Afghan businessmen/traders in North and Central Delhi. These incidents had caused an alarm and a team was made to nab the robbers. After investigations, this gang was identified as suspect in these incidents," said Yadav.
Yesterday, specific information was received that the accused would assemble near Kabristan, Nizamuddin. On the basis of the tip off, a trap was laid and an Indica car was seen coming from Nizamuddin Dargah side.
The car was signalled to stop but sensing the presence of police party, the driver of the car tried to escape but the team intercepted the car and apprehended all the four accused.