Mewat based gangs looted 12 ATMs worth ₹2.1 cr held in Delhi
Two key members of the Mewat-based gang have been nabbed by the Delhi Police Special cell on charges of looting at least 12 ATMs worth Rs 2.1 crore in the past few months. The accused are identified as Sohrab and Shakeel who carried out theft operations in Delhi and Haryana.
According to a report, DCP Pramod Kushwaha said. "The suspects were arrested by a team comprising inspector Shiv Kumar, SI Rajesh, and others.”
Sohrab was held when the police received a tip-off that he was hiding in Kaama in Rajasthan and around 4 am, he would pass through Silkho Toll Plaza.
In order to rob the ATMs, they would spray black paint on the CCTV camera to avoid being caught. They would open ATMs with gas cutters and later remove the cash cabins. The gang members then removed part of the ATM after looting. At times, they also used an SUV to uproot the ATMs by tying ropes around them.
DCP Kushwaha further added that the police already had information that he would go to meet his company in Mewat. Thus, the police deployed at the toll plaza to nab him did the job as he was held after being intercepted around 04:30 am. He was spotted in a taxi and was caught by the cops.
The victim on being questioned said that he was an active member of a gang involved in ATM robbery. The officer said “He said that he and seven other gang members, including kingpin Shahid Advani, uprooted eight ATMs in Delhi and Haryana in the year 2019. Sohrab was absent for two years and he was not attending the courts in all these above cases. The process to declare him proclaimed offender in these cases is going on."
According to the police, the accused Sohrab would examine the ATMs and further decide whether the ATM could be cut with a gas cutter or uprooted.
The other accused Shakeel who was trapped near Malviya Nagar was later held by the police. He also tried to fire at the police but he was later disarmed by the team. The police have also recovered an automatic pistol from his possession.
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