Three young men, including two alleged members of a Mewat-based gang of highway robbers, have been arrested following an encounter in South Delhi.

The police claim to have seized 10 stolen trucks and dumpers, three cars and a construction material handling machine at their instance.

Accused, Salim, Daya Chand and Ajay Kumar, were arrested by the Special Staff. While Salim and Daya Chand hail from Mewat in Haryana, Ajay is an alleged receiver of stolen property. The team had earlier last month arrested three members of the same gang along with two alleged receivers.

Acting on a tip-off that Salim, who along his accomplice Ahmed had been running the gang, would pass through Dera Mandi village on July 3, the Special Staff laid a trap and intercepted a car in which the suspects were travelling. The occupants alighted from the vehicle and fired at the police. While Salim and Daya Chand were overpowered, the others managed to flee. They were identified as Ahmed, Salli and Jafru.

Six-day custody

The police obtained six-day custody of the two accused, from whom they had allegedly seized two country-made firearms. During interrogation, the duo purportedly disclosed that the gang comprises over 20 members. It supplies stolen vehicles to receivers in Allahabad, Mathura and Agra in Uttar Pradesh, Dhanbad in Jharkhand and West Bengal. The vehicles were disposed of on forged documents. At their instance, the police arrested Ajay Kumar and purportedly recovered the stolen vehicles.

According to the police, Salim carried a reward of Rs.15,000 announced by the U.P. Police. The accused committed a series of highway robberies in Delhi, UP, Haryana and Rajasthan.

The accused, who used mini-trucks as getaways, would throw stones or ram their vehicles against police vans to evade arrest.