Police on Sunday nabbed a nine-member gang of pseudo policemen from Mumbai for allegedly robbing people of gold ornaments.

Posing as policemen, the gang would approach women wearing gold jewellery, ‘alerting’ them of thefts that had taken place in the area.

They would reprimand the women for wearing gold and ask them to keep it in a polythene bag for safety.

In the guise of helping them, the gang would carefully exchange the packet containing the gold with fake ornaments.

After this, they would drive off to places in Maharashtra and Karnataka, police said.

53 offences

In the past year-and-a-half, the gang had committed as many as 53 such offences of cheating in different parts of the city.

The accused have been identified as Jaffer Irani and Hussain, both natives of Pune, Khadeem Hussain, Garib Sha Syed, Mohammed Ali, and Abbas Ali, all natives of Mumbai, Sadiq Hussain of Gulbarga in Karnataka, Moghul Abbas of Chittoor and Syed Jaffer Ali of Ananthapur, DCP (Detective Department) L.K.V. Ranga Rao said on Sunday.

They have been charged under relevant Sections of the Indian Penal Code for cheating and impersonation. Police have also asked the public to be vigilant against such gangs.