...Law student wanted in over 20 cases nabbed
New Delhi: Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested a law student from east Delhi’s Seelampur for a series of snatchings across the city.
According to police, the accused, identified as Mohammad Shehzad, is pursuing a course in law and used to snatch mobile phones after his college hours. He was found to be involved in over two dozen snatching incidents, which took place recently. At times, Shehzad would operate alone and run away after committing a crime.
Deputy commissioner of police (Crime) G Ram Gopal Naik said Shehzad had fallen into bad company and was addicted to drugs. He, along with his associate Saifi, would step out of college and snatch phones and valuables from passersby and then implicate their rivals from the college. Shehzad had been earlier arrested for possessing a stolen mobile phone.
He told the police that Saifi and he would drive around areas in east Delhi and target pedestrians. At times, when Saifi was not available, Shehzad would run up to the victim, snatch their phone or other valuables and flee on foot, often climbing across walls or entering random buildings to escape.
“We received a tip-off about him being active in the Trans-Yamuna area. A trap was laid and Shehzad was nabbed by the team. We recovered a pistol and some cartridges from his possession,” DCP Naik added.
Shehzad told the cops that he was well aware of the lanes and bylanes of northeast Delhi and would use them to his advantage while fleeing after robbing someone. Cops have registered a case of Arms Act against him and have informed the concerned police stations about the cases that have been solved with his arrest.