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They offered lifts, then robbed

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Call centre vehicle used for committing crimes; four arrested

NEW DELHI: Four young men who allegedly offered lifts to people in a call centre vehicle and robbed them at gunpoint have been arrested by the Special Staff of the South Delhi police. The police claim to have worked out over a dozen cases of robbery and theft with their arrests.

According to the police, Bikaner Sweets executive Ganesh Bera and his associate Jadhav took a lift in a Tavera jeep at Ashram Chowk in the early hours of Monday. After travelling some distance, four persons who were in the jeep allegedly robbed Mr. Bera and Mr. Jadhav of Rs. 27,000 in cash, a mobile phone, jewellery and other valuables at gunpoint. A case of robbery was registered at the Sriniwaspuri police station in the morning.

During investigation, the police found out that several robberies had been committed in South Delhi and its adjoining areas in a similar manner.

A few days later the police received information that some persons were moving around suspiciously in a Travera jeep in South Delhi area and detained them for questioning.

During interrogation, the four -- Bharat (24), Mohammad Aftab (20), Mohammad Asif (20) and Bajrang (19) -- purportedly confessed to their involvement in several cases of robbery and two stolen mobile phones and two wristwatches were recovered at their instance.

Also, a .315 bore pistol used in the crime was seized, the police said.

Elaborating on the modus operandi of the accused, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Sanjay Kumar said: "Driver Bharat would inform his company that the vehicle had developed some technical snag and it needed to be repaired. He would then call up his three friends, all residents of Govindpuri, and the four would then proceed on a crime spree. They would commit five to six robberies in a night. However, most of the time the victims did not report the matter to the police in view of petty losses."

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