Police bust robbers' gang, solve 70 crimes across India

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New Delhi, Jan 10 (UNI) A gang of robbers, who robbed affluent businessmen across India and Nepal after laying them low with drugged food and drink, has been busted and more than 70 cases solved.

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police arrested one Manish Soni, a resident of the capital, from near the Tilak Nagar metro station on January 1, on the basis of a tip-off and interrogated him. The information obtained from him enabled them to apprehend Sachin Gandhi and Avinder, both residents of Karnal, Haryana, from near the Alipur border. All the three were reportedly planning to escape to Nepal, as they felt the police was on their track.

The gang, which had committed a spate of robberies across India and Nepal by befriending businessmen, rail/bus passengers as well as common people and looting them of all possessions afterward, also used the ATM and credit cards they stole to withdraw money from their victims' account or make expensive purchases in their names.

The genesis of their nefarious activities in March last year, after Manish and Sachin, met in a casino in Kathmandu after both had lost considerable amounts while gambling, but their activities started in March last year after another meeting in a Goa casino.

Frequenting casinos in Nepal and Goa whenever they made more than Rs 50,000, the gang did not even spare their family members with one of their first victim being Manish's father.

The police have seized 23 mobile phones, cash amounting to Rs 16,000, a huge quantity of sedative tablets, fake identity cards, fake number-plates, four cars and another stolen items from their possession.

On the basis of information obtained from them, three city-based jewellers, who received stolen items from them, have also been arrested.

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