One arrested for selling ‘Mughal era gold bricks’

An alleged member of the Tatlu gang, which robbed people after luring them on the pretext of selling gold bricks from the Mughal era, has been arrested, the police said on Thursday.

Mohd Salim Khan (25), a resident of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, was arrested from near Rajokari flyover, NH-8, on Tuesday by the Delhi Police Crime Branch. Investigators have seized a pistol with two live cartridges from his possession.

“We had received information that Khan, the leader of the Tatlu gang, is involved in luring innocent people from Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir and other States by selling fake gold bricks at half rates, after projecting the same as genuine gold.

“Once their victims approached them with money, the accused person and his associates would rob them at gunpoint,” said ACP (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.

Khan used to pose as Rahul Sharma, a poor labourer engaged in digging work at land acquired by the Archaeological Survey of India near Taj Mahal, said Mr. Yadav.

The accused used to lure his targets by saying he had discovered some ancient gold bricks from the Mughal era and was willing to sell the same at rates 50 per cent lower than the market rates. — PTI