Four men suspected to be members of a gang of robbers from the Mewat region have been arrested in East Delhi. The police claim to have recovered the stolen articles and the getaway vehicle from them.

Investigations into the activities of the gang were taken up after truck driver Mohan, a resident of Sultanpur, lodged a complaint alleging that in the early hours of June 21 he and his helper Sunil Patel were robbed of nine tonnes of tar steel. The complainant had got the consignment loaded in his truck from a godown in the Jhilmil Industrial Area for delivery to a client in Nizamuddin.

Mohan had parked the loaded truck near TELCO flyover in Gazipur and was sleeping when a truck stopped close to his vehicle around 3.30 a.m. A young man then woke him up and enquired about the route to Mohan Nagar in Ghaziabad. Mohan was giving him directions when three more persons joined him. They overpowered him and his helper. The robbers then drove off with the truck towards Sohna in Gurgaon, where they locked up the two victims in a room and vanished from the scene along with the consignment.

Based on the complaint, the police registered a case and constituted a joint team to hunt down the robbers.

Acting on a specific tip-off, they raided a factory premises at Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, where they recovered the truck loaded with the consignment. “Four persons identified as Kaushal Singh (43), Mrityunjay Gupta (42), Yogesh Saini (30) and Subhash (22) have been arrested,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Delhi) Ajay Kumar.

During interrogation, the accused disclosed that one Rahul and his father-in-law Ashru had committed the robbery along with their accomplices. The robbers then sold the consignment to the four arrested accused.

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