30 cases in 2 wks: Rob­bers ac­tive in Lu­tyens’ ar­rested

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Two gun-tot­ing rob­bers, who had been wreak­ing havoc in Lu­tyens’ Delhi, were nabbed near Mandir Marg on Mon­day night. The crim­i­nals were in­volved in about 30 cases com­mit­ted in the past two weeks. When they were flagged down for check­ing, one of the rob­bers at­tacked a po­lice­man with a knife and in­jured him. Po­lice sus­pect the duo was also in­volved in rob­bing a cou­ple near Con­naught Place.

The ac­cused, Kar­nail Singh (49) and Ji­ten­der Ku­mar (36), had ear­lier com­mit­ted thefts and rob­beries in north Delhi. They started tar­get­ing peo­ple in Lu­tyens’ Delhi as the empty stretches made it easy for them to es­cape. As they knew that the area was un­der CCTV sur­veil­lance, they would carry stick­ers of num­bers to paste them over the num­ber­plates of the stolen bikes used in the crimes. In this man­ner, the bike would have a dif­fer­ent num­ber­plate in each rob­bery com­mit­ted by them.

DCP (New Delhi) Eish Sing­hal said that af­ter get­ting a tip-off about their move­ment on Mon­day night, six po­lice­men on three mo­tor­bikes were de­ployed to in­ter­cept them near Gole Mar­ket. “The rob­bers tried to speed off, but they were boxed in and forced to en­ter Baird Lane near Mandir Marg. A po­lice team stopped them by putting across a bar­ri­cade,” he added.

Find­ing them­selves trapped, Ku­mar, who was rid­ing pil­lion, pulled out a knife and tried to stab a po­lice­man. How­ever, he was caught and dis­armed. The cops seized a loaded pis­tol from Singh.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the men con­fessed to rob­bing a po­lice­man’s wife, who was on her way to RML Hos­pi­tal. She was dragged out of the au­torick­shaw she was trav­el­ling in when she did not let go of her bag near Pu­rana Qila Road. A week later, on Septem­ber 25, the men snatched a woman’s hand­bag near Red Cross So­ci­ety, barely a stone’s throw from the main gate of Par­lia­ment.

Po­lice said Singh has four cases of at­tempt to mur­der, 20 cases of snatch­ing and rob­bery lodged against him in Gu­labi Bagh. A res­i­dent of Andha Mughal in north Delhi, he had part­nered with Ku­mar to com­mit the crimes. The duo would be taken in po­lice cus­tody and pro­duced be­fore each vic­tim so that their role in the crime could be con­firmed. Sec­tions of MCOCA might also be in­voked against them.

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