45 pickpokects held in speical drive

NEW DELHI, JULY 12. In a special drive against pickpockets, the North-East Delhi police have arrested 45 persons, including members of three major gangs, during the past four days.

The police said the drive was initiated on July 7, which was pay day. All the 11 police stations and the Operation Cell of the district participated in the drive which strove to restore confidence of the people in the policing system.

During the drive, random checking of over-crowded buses was undertaken by a large number of police personnel. Besides, police personnel in civvies were also deployed at bus stands and inside buses.

In three of the cases in Seelampur and Bhajanpura, the criminals were caught red-handed. Five members of a gang -- kingpin Raj Kumar, a known bad character of Nand Nagri, Santosh, Manoj, Kale and Pappu -- were arrested while they were standing at a bus stand for boarding a crowded bus.

Similarly, another gang -- headed by Aabid and comprising of Akbar, Ali, Sultan and Shahid -- was nabbed from a running bus in Welcome; while three other pick-pockets, identified as Nasim, Guddu and Fakruddin, were arrested from Shahdara.

In Seelampur, the police said, Salim, Qasim and Irfan were caught red-handed and two separate cases registered against them. Arrests were also make from Khajuri Khas, Mansarovar Park, Dilshad Garden and Seemapuri police stations.

The interrogation of the pickpockets revealed that they normally operated from 6 to 11 in the morning and from 5 to 8 in the evening when the rush was more. The gangs moved in groups of three to 10 members and used code words while targetting unsuspecting victims.

The police said the drive -- as part of which stickers are also being pasted to create awareness among commuters -- will continue till the menace was effectively taken car of.