News Flash – 23 September 2019

National News



Gang that Uprooted ATM’s Busted, 5 held



New Delhi: With the arrest of five notorious inter-state criminals, the south Delhi police has busted a gang that would use gas cutters to uproot ATMs and steal cash. The accused, who hail from Mewat, would return to the capital every fortnight and commit the crimes. They have been identified as Ali Jaan, Akhatar Hussain, Amir, Shamshad and Waseem. According to DCP (south) Atul Thakur, the gang was involved in at least 20 such cases in the city. “We have seized Rs 2.15 lakh in cash, their cars and a pistol with 41 cartridges from them,” Thakur said. Ali alone had 11 cases of robbery, dacoity, attack on police staff and attempt to murder, against his name, police said. The cops got hot on the trail of the gang after they stole Rs 29 lakh from an ATM at Maidangarhi in south Delhi. The incident took place on the intervening night of September 14-15. A special team, comprising inspectors Kumar Kundan and P K Jha, was formed under additional DCP Geetanjali Khandelwal.



The cops obtained CCTV footage, which led to partial identification of the car used in the crime as also the exact time it was committed. The car led the cops to Mewat. A 30-member team camped in the region for four days to trace their movements. On September 21, the cops found that the gang had set off to Delhi in a Verna. A trap was laid and the suspects flagged down. However, they stepped on the gas and tried to flee. The team chased and cornered them. They were arrested and questioned, which led to the recovery of cash and other items. The gang had a trained “cutter”, who is an expert in uprooting the machines using gas cylinder-aided cutters. The members roamed around Delhi in search of an isolated ATM and then executed the crime late at night. The spent the loot on gambling and women apart from clearing debts and purchasing arms, police said.



Bikers Snatch 67-year-old Woman’s Chain in Front of her House at Hari Nagar

ON CAM: The men sped away after snatching the chain.



New Delhi: A 67-year-old woman, a retired employee of the central government cabinet secretariat, was targeted by snatchers right outside her house in west Delhi’s Hari Nagar on Saturday afternoon. A video of the crime showed the victim, Kulbir Raipal, buying a broom from a vendor outside her house when two men wearing helmets slowly drove past her. Just as she was about to turn, the pillion rider snatched her gold chain and sped away. The lane seemed crowded at the time. Still traumatized by the snatching, Raipal told TOI, “The crime occurred barely two steps away from my house. I had stepped out to purchase a broom. The moment I turned back towards my house, the two bikers snatched my chain within a couple of seconds. I tried chasing them and even threw my broom at them, but that didn’t help”. Raipal said luckily she didn’t fall as it would have led to severe injury. “However, I have scratch marks on my neck,” she added.



The victim’s son, Sumit, claimed that Delhi Police has failed to crack any of the theft cases registered in the last four months by the family. “This is not the first time. In the last four months, this is the sixth crime committed against me and my family. First my scooter was stolen, then my motorcycle’s battery was stolen four times, now my mother’s chain has been snatched,” he added. Sumit said it is not just his family that is suffering. Many residents of Hari Nagar have reported theft of batteries of cars and motorcycles in the last six months. “Even though I’m a common man, I have understood the pattern of the crime. All such incidents occurred between the 20th and 25th of every month. On Friday, people even stayed up till the early hours to catch the criminals, but to no avail,” he added. “A case has been registered. In the CCTV footage, the front number plate of the motorcycle is not visible and there is no number plate at the back. Teams are on the lookout for the accused,” said DCP (West) Deepak Purohit.



Foreign Tourist Assaults Hampi Security Guard



Ballari: A foreign national allegedly abused and hit a security guard on the head when he was prevented from entering an ASI-protected monument in Hampi, about 60km from here, on Sunday afternoon. Witnesses told TOI that Dharmaraj, 38, a sub-inspector-level officer employed with SIS, a private security firm contracted to protect ASI monuments in the region, has a gash on the head. He is being treated at a hospital in Hospet, 15km from Hampi. Following a complaint from Dharmaraj, Hampi police launched a hunt for the missing foreigner. They are planning to secure footage of CCTV cameras in the area. Sources said the foreign national, said to be from an Asian country, allegedly entered Lotus Mahal, and other visitors alerted the security guard to the breach. Dharmaraj, from Chapparadahalli, near Hospet, sprinted into the monument and stopped the intruder from going any further. The visitor lost his cool, assaulted the guard, snatched his gun and attacked him on the head before other security guards and tourists overpowered the attacker and rescued Dharmaraj. From the Hospet hospital bed, Dharmaraj told TOI: “All of a sudden, the foreign national lunged towards me and took my gun. He stood close, looked me in the eye, and screamed, ‘Shoot, shoot, shoot’. After assaulting me, he dropped the gun and left”.



Ten-Member Gang from Rajasthan held

Based on a CCTV camera footage from the locality, police spotted the suspects. A special team from Chennai has flown to Jaipur to bring them back to the city.



Chennai: Ten gangsters from Rajasthan who struck at a businessman’s house in Nanganallur and escaped with 120 sovereigns of gold jewellery last week were arrested from Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. Police said the burglary at Ramesh’s residence in SBI Colony extension in Nanganallur took place on Friday evening when he had gone on a pilgrimage to Sabarimala and his wife and children were out to meet their relatives. When the family members returned, they found the cupboard ransacked. Based on a complaint, a case of theft was registered and three special teams headed by additional commissioner, South, Prem Anand Sinha and St Thomas Mount Assistant Commissioner Sankara Narayanan were formed to nab those involved. The team checked CCTV camera footage from the locality and spotted the suspects escaping with jewellery hidden in a huge gunny bag. Police recovered their mobile phones which had been dumped in a bin in the locality and began to track them. Based on a tip-off, police found that the suspects had boarded a train to Jaipur and immediately notified their counterparts in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. With the help of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), the gang was intercepted at Nagda railway station with the jewellery in their possession.



A special team from Chennai was immediately flown to Jaipur to bring them back to Chennai. Police identified them as Kamal Bhati, Roy Mal, Ram Nivas, Kailashpati, Horaw, Haadu Sawariya, Bablu and Ramda Muya. Police said all the gang members were in their mid-20s. Investigations revealed that the suspects, part of the Bagri community from Rajasthan, had carried out burglaries in Tambaram in 2017 and cases were pending against them in the city. “We will find their role in other cases only after conducting an investigation after they reach the city,” said a police officer. The modus operandi of the gang involved roaming around localities and targeting houses which were bolted. After committing thefts and burglary, they would instantly leave the city and take trains to drop off the valuables in their home town. On the day when they struck in Nanganallur, police said they had hired two autorickshaws from the locality to reach Pazhavanthangal railway station. They are believed to have boarded a train to Chennai Central and then left for Jaipur. Police are trying to find out if any of the gang members worked at any construction sites in the area. After the arrest of the ‘Bawaria’ gang by the then North IG S R Jangid in 2006, the involvement of another north Indian gang in burglaries in the city has shocked the residents.

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