Seven robbers held

Seven persons, including a man said to be involved in crimes for 20 years, were arrested for allegedly committing robberies by impersonating as policemen and sales tax officers in the capital, police said today.

Updated: May 31, 2010, 17:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Seven persons, including a man
said to be involved in crimes for 20 years, were arrested for
allegedly committing robberies by impersonating as policemen
and sales tax officers in the capital, police said today.

With their arrest, police said, they have recovered
looted property worth Rs 12 lakh, two police uniforms, arms
and a van used in commission of crime.

Rajesh (48), the gang leader, Jagbir (42), Rajender (35),
Rafique (30), Mohd Khalid (22), Rajji Ahmad (19) and alleged
receiver of stolen property Bajrangi Yadav (40) were arrested
from south Delhi`s Mahipalpur yesterday. Rajesh allegedly
entered the world of crime 20 years ago.

"We had a tip-off and the six robbers were on way to
Masoodpur village in search of the receiver for stolen
materials when they were caught," Deputy Commissioner of
Police (South) H G S Dhaliwal said.

"They used to intercept trucks during night wearing
police uniforms. They will threaten the drivers and sometimes
beat them up before decamping with the truck," he said.

On May 22, the gang targeted the truck of one Krishan
Kumar Gupta, the Manager of Aryavart Transport Company. He was
coming from Rohtak and when he reached near the Metro Station
in Nangloi, a van overtook his truck. He was signalled to stop
by a person who was wearing a police uniform.

"They beat him up and his driver. They forced them to sit
on the back seat on gunpoint. Then they drove towards
Bahadurgarh and on the way abandoned them in a forest area,"
Dhaliwal said.

A similar incident was reported from Kaushambi in Uttar
Pradesh on May 11 in which the gang was allegedly involved.

PTI