Delhi

Two arrested for Model Town, New Friends Colony robberies

The accused in police custody.

The accused in police custody.  

Manhunt on for their accomplice; stolen items recovered

Two criminals have been arrested for their alleged involvements in several armed robberies here, the police said on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East) Atul Thakur said both Saffan alias Affan (23) and Chand (22) are from Uttar Pradesh’s Murad Nagar.

“A countrymade pistol, six live cartridges, a stolen motorcycle and a robbed scooty, have been recovered from their possession,” the officer said.

On Monday, the police said they received a tip-off regarding the robbers coming to Jyoti Nagar after which a trap on Loni Road and the two were nabbed.

During interrogation, the accused allegedly told the police about their involvement in two recent armed robberies in which the CCTV footages had gone viral. The accused had robbed a businessman, Varun Behl, at gunpoint in the parking lot inside his house in the small hours of July 30.

While fleeing via Adarsh Nagar, the accused had also fired at policemen who tried to stop them on account of suspicion. The accused had also allegedly robbed a chemist shop in Sarai Jullena on July 2 and fled with nearly ₹1 lakh.

Modus operandi

The accused used to take an autorickshaw from Muradnagar to secluded roads in Delhi where they would rob or steal two-wheelers and use it further for committing armed robberies, the officer said.

“They were earlier arrested and were released in May after which they regrouped in Bijnor and decided to commit robberies. They wear caps during the act and would head back to Muradnagar after committing the crimes,” Mr. Thakur said.

Saffan is a Class V pass out and used to earlier work in a bakery while Chand worked as a tailor. With their arrest, the police claim to have solved 18 cases of robbery so far.

The police are looking for the accused’s third accomplice, who also has a previous criminal history.

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