Hyderabad/Mumbai: Hyderabad police have arrested nine persons from Mumbai for allegedly cheating people here by posing as policemen.
Based on a tip-off that a gang, whose members used to take gold ornaments from women by impersonating as policemen, special police teams were formed to arrest the accused, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detective Department) LKV Ranga Rao told reporters on Sunday.
"The accused are notorious for operating across the country besides Hyderabad. Nine members of the Irani gang were arrested from Mumbai following a tip-off from Mumbai Crime branch. Further investigations are on to nab other members," the DCP said.
The gang indulged in as many 53 offences of cheating public in different parts of the city in the past one-and-half year, police said.
The accused have been charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for cheating and impersonation, police added.
Police have also asked the public to be vigilant against such gangs.
"But, it is most unfortunate that Mamata Banerjee herself
came out of the UPA government and severed all ties with the Congress despite the latter`s repeated request to change her mind," Bhunia said.
Protesting against an observation by a section of political analysts that the Congress in Bengal has lost its ground, Bhunia said that records of previous elections tell how significant the Congress still is in the state.
"In 2004, TMC had only one MP, but the Congress had six. In 2006 Assembly elections TMC and BJP together won only 29 seats, while the Congress won 23 seats including two independents supported by the Congress," Bhunia said.
Realising the importance of the Congress in the state, TMC chief preferred to contest the 2009 Assembly elections in alliance with the Congress and won 185 seats out of 229 seats it contested.
The Congress won 42 seats contesting in 65 sacrificing a lot for the alliance, he pointed out.
"This statistic clearly demonstrates the potential of the Congress in West Bengal in terms of electoral prospect," he felt.