Two persons, both alleged members of a Mewat-based gang involved in various crimes across the Capital, have been arrested by the South District Police. With these arrests, the police claim to have solved 14 cases of robbery and motor vehicle theft.

In July, Anita Bhushan had hired a private taxi for Anand Vihar Bus Terminal from Gurgaon. When the taxi, in which Ms. Bhushan was travelling with her sister and her child, entered M.G. Road in South Delhi around 5 a.m., another car with five occupants tried to intercept it.

The taxi driver made an effort to escape, but the other vehicle managed to intercept it. As soon as the taxi stopped, the men, armed with knives and pistol overpowered the taxi driver.

Both Ms. Bhushan and her sister were robbed of their gold jewellery and some cash. The men allegedly threatened to kill the child before driving away towards IIT gate.

A case of robbery was registered and investigation taken up.

During investigation, the police came across a few other incidents where criminals had used the same modus operandi during robbery in various parts of the city. The description of the weapons and accused also matched. Many more such cases were reported on the Jaipur-Gurgaon Highway.

A police team that visited various places in Haryana and Rajasthan was tipped off that criminals from the Mewat region were involved. The police then zeroed in on one Rahun alias Rahul.

The team raided many hideouts and on a specific intelligence arrested one Anil, a Delhi resident who harboured Rahul’s entire gang. At Anil’s instance, Umar, a key member of Rahul-Ansaru gang, was also arrested.

During interrogation, they purportedly told the police that the gang was named after siblings Rahul and Ansaru, residents of Bharatpur in Rajasthan. The gang, active in the entire National Capital Region, had committed 15 robberies and stolen more than 500 vehicles, according to the police.

“The team of South District is still camping in Mewat in order to arrest the remaining gang members. Help of the Rajasthan and Haryana Police is also being sought,” said a senior police official.

Most gang members had driven auto-rickshaws in Delhi and were well versed with the city, making it easier for them to escape, the police added.

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