Six arrested on robbery charge

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Six youths from Bangalore, including three women, who successfully lured three software engineers into a trap through the Internet chat room and allegedly robbed them of mobile phones and gold ornaments, have been arrested.

According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Alok Kumar, using women's names, Robin Subbaiah, a college dropout, and his accomplice, Masood, befriended people on the Internet.

Claiming themselves to be women, they gave their telephone numbers to the persons with whom they chatted. When their "new friends" telephoned, Robin and Masood made their women accomplices speak to them.

The women invited the "new friends" for a dinner to a particular place. After the dinner, the new friends who had "ulterior motives" took the women to some isolated places. The other members of the gang followed them in a van, threatened them and robbed them of valuables, Mr. Alok Kumar told presspersons on Monday.

While Robin (21) is from Ejipura, Masood alias Suresh (23) is from J.P. Nagar, the police said. The names of their four accomplices were given as Nazeem Khan (35) of Mangammanapalya, Yogitha (22) of Devarachikkanahalli and Ayesha (24) and Naheeda (28), both residents of BTM Layout. The police said all the six spoke fluent English.

Nazeem Khan has a business in bangles. He had befriended the three women, who were his customers, the police said.

According to the police, the gang had robbed Bobby Varghese, a native of Thiruvananthapuram, and a resident of Chikkadugodi, of a mobile phone in MICO Layout police station limits on June 11, 2004. Similarly, they had robbed Vijay Kumar of Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu of a gold chain, a mobile phone and a credit card in J.P. Nagar police station limits on July 9, 2005 and M. Sharath of Malleswaram of a wristwatch, a mobile phone and a gold ring in Sanjaynagar police station limits on September 11, 2005, the police said.

The police have recovered mobile phones and gold ornaments and seized the van.

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