...Law stu­dent wanted in over 20 cases nabbed

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

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.

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