39 year old man arrested
New Delhi: A 39-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly posing as a CBI official and robbing people after offering them a lift, police said on Thursday.
The accused, identified as Tinkal, alias Tedha, a resident of east Delhi’s Trilokpuri, was arrested from his residence on Tuesday, they said, adding that his associates Mukesh and Girender are on the run.
The matter came to light after police received a complaint on June 30 from Ajeet Kumar Pal, who was robbed by the accused.
Mr Pal told police that he and a lover had boarded a car from Maharani Bagh bus represent Burari. The three accused were already seated in it and after a short time , they threatened Mr Pal and his friend and made them handy over their ATM cards, the police said.
The trio claimed to be CBI officials and were carrying weapons and wireless communication sets, they added.
The accused dropped Mr Pal and his friend near the ISBT in Kashmere Gate and withdrew Rs 1,70,000 from their accounts using the ATM cards, the police said.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Kumar Gyanesh said bank transactions, cash withdrawal done by the suspects and CCTV footage were scanned to spot the accused.
In one footage, the lads were seen wearing masks and withdrawing money from an ATM in Kamla Nagar area, he added.
The officer said the accused used their car for the crime. one among them would reach a bus stand, identify a target and enquire about his destination. Meanwhile, his associates would arrive within the car, and therefore the accused would pretend to invite a lift and offer the target to hitch him.
After getting to a particular distance, they might falsely identify themselves as CBI or police officials and run recorded messages on wireless sets to realize the arrogance of the passenger. They then would claim that a robbery had taken place and therefore the passenger could get arrested during picket checking, he said.
On this pretext, they might ask the passenger handy over all belongings and keep them in an envelope. they might then threaten the person and force him to offer up ATM PIN numbers. then , would they dump the victim at an isolated place and flee, the officer added.
The accused was previously involved in 10 cases, including snatching, robbery, theft and cheating, the police said. A shopping receipt of Rs 99,253 was found in his house, and clothing items brought with the cash were seized.