NEW DELHI

Nine auto thieves arrested

NEW DELHI, AUG. 1. Nine people allegedly involved in carjacking and auto-lifting were arrested from different parts of the Capital in the past two days.

Four alleged auto-lifters, who were travelling in a stolen car, were arrested at Adarsh Nagar in North-West Delhi on Saturday. A country-made pistol was recovered from their possession. According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-West Delhi), Sanjay Singh, the police received a tip-off that four young men, who had robbed a man of a Maruti car, were coming to Azadpur Subzi Mandi. Subsequently, a trap was laid on a road adjoining Mukundpur and Azadpur and the vehicle intercepted. The police found out that registration number found in the car's plate was different from the one etched in its window revealing that the car had been stolen. Subsequently, the four occupants were arrested.

During interrogation, they identified themselves as Ashok Kumar, Naseer Ansari, Raju and Subhash. They disclosed that Naseer and Subhash were bodybuilders and the latter had been adjudged Mr. Haryana in 2003 while the former was adjudged third in a bodybuilding competition in Haryana this year. Raju disclosed that he was a judo black-belt holder. The police said Ashok's brother-in-law is a desperate criminal of Narela police station and his father was a declared deserter from the Army.

In another case, three persons were arrested at Toll Bridge Road in South Delhi on Saturday for their alleged involvement in five carjacking cases. The accused have been identified as Nitin, Neeraj and Dharmender. The vehicle, a Tata Indica, recovered from them was found robbed from Kalkaji.

During interrogation, they disclosed that at gunpoint they had overpowered a driver with a travel agency, drove the Indica car towards Gurgaon and dumped him at an isolated place. The registration number they were using in the car was that of a Qualis they had robbed from a person in Gurgaon. The accused disclosed that they were planning to rob a steel manufacturer of the cash he had collected from one of his clients in Naini Tal using the Indica.

About a fortnight ago, Nitin and Dharmender had robbed a man of his Maruti car at Noida. In yet another incident, they robbed some persons of a Santro car at Nizamuddin. The police said Nitin did diploma in Business Administration from IMT Ghaziabad and then got admitted to one-year diploma in the National Institute of Private Investigation at C.R. Park where he learned the techniques of investigation, including fingerprint. He then worked as a private security officer to the vice-president of Zee Capital Finance Company and thus obtained a licensed pistol from Uttar Pradesh. Nitin disclosed that he also worked as security marshal for Walson Security Company in the offices of a Gurgaon-based multi-national company. Two other persons were arrested at Nangloi in West Delhi for their involvement in carjacking cases. Acting on a tip-off that some members of a gang into carjacking would come to an Oriental Insurance godown, the police laid a trap on Najafgarh-Nangloi Road and intercepted a Maruti Zen in which two of the suspects were travelling.

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