The police claim to have detected a gang which allegedly hired cabs outside railway stations and bus stands in different parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region and later robbed the drivers of their vehicles and other belongings at isolated stretches after injuring them.

The most recent case was reported on June 6 when the accused hired an Eeco car for Village Bakhtawarpur from Old Delhi Railway Station. Around 11 p.m. when they reached Jindpur-Kushak Road, one of them requested the driver to stop the vehicle on the pretext of answering nature’s call. When the driver stopped the car, they attacked him with a sharp edged weapon and robbed him of cash and a mobile phone. After this, they abandoned the driver and drove away in his vehicle. A case was subsequently registered at Alipur police station and investigations taken up.

During the course of the investigations, the police found that the gang was led by 20-year-old Amit who had been involved in four such cases where similar modus operandi was used to rob unsuspecting drivers. In one of those cases, where an SUV was hired at Bawana and the driver thrown out near Ghewra Mor in Kanjhawala, the vehicle was sold off to a person in Assam. The police had arrested two of Amit’s accomplices but he himself had managed to abscond.

“On June 22, Sub-Inspector Virendra Singh received a tip-off that Amit would come to meet his gang members at Majnu ka Tila to plan another such robbery. We then laid a trap and arrested five men including Amit,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.

The four other arrested men have been identified as Sushil, Yogesh, Aman and Ajay. They are all in their twenties.