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Gang that targeted Afghan nationals busted, 4 arrested

Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 8:06pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

With the arrest of four persons, police have claimed to have smashed a gang whose members would pose as police personnel to rob Afghan nationals after accusing them of carrying drugs and fake currency. Among those arrested are two Afghan nationals who identified potential targets, police said today. The gang had on April 8 robbed Shamim, an Afghan businessman, of USD 1,27,500 (Rs 76,86,975) and bought an Toyota Innova car worth Rs 11 lakh and a Honda CBR bike worth Rs 1.85 lakh with the money.

Police has recovered the two vehicles along with an Indica car which was used in the crime and Rs 16,00,000 cash from them. "We have recovered valuables around 35 lakh from them," said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav. The accused identified as Arif Khan (38), Yashvir Singh (43), both residents of Delhi and Agha Khan (42) and Wali Agha (25), both Afghan nationals, were arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police yesterday following a tip off. "In past few months, there had been some incidents of robberies from Afghan businessmen/traders in North and Central Delhi. These incidents had caused an alarm and a team was made to nab the robbers. After investigations, this gang was identified as suspect in these incidents," said Yadav.

Yesterday, specific information was received that the accused would assemble near Kabristan, Nizamuddin. On the basis of the tip off, a trap was laid and an Indica car was seen coming from Nizamuddin Dargah side. The car was signalled to stop but sensing the presence of police party, the driver of the car tried to escape but the team intercepted the car and apprehended all the four accused.

During sustained interrogation, it was revealed that Arif Khan, Nadeem and Yashvir were friends, police said. Agha Khan had told them that his relative Wali Agha works in Kabul Zaika restaurant at Balli Maran area. One Sameer Guest House is next to this restaurant where many Afghan tourists used to stay. "He told them that he knows many Afghan nationals who carry huge amount of money from Delhi to their country. He also informed them that if they are robbed, they will not report the incident to the police. They then formed a gang and decided to carry out the robberies," said Yadav.

Agha Khan told them that Shamim, who is an Afghan national, would be travelling to Kabul on the morning of April 8 with huge amount of foreign currency. As per the plan, Nadim, Aarif and Yashvir Singh reached Ballimaran area in a red colour Indica, police said. "As Shamim left Samir Guest House at Ballimaran at about 5 AM for his flight to Kabul, he decided to travel by Metro, considering it as a safer option to reach the IGI Airport," said Yadav.

As soon as he left his guest house, he was stopped by these three men, who introduced themselves as police officers. They alleged said that he was carrying drugs and fake currency and he was required to be searched. Sensing something foul, Shamim raised an alarm and some locals gathered there.

A Head Constable from the nearby police booth also came to the spot. The trio told them that they were from Kamla Market Special Staff and they have information that the Afghan national was carrying drugs and fake currency. The Head Constable asked them to search the Afghan national in the police booth and not on the road. They all went to the police booth where they found huge amount of foreign currency in his bag, police said.

"They told the Head Constable that they are taking the Afghan national to their office as he was carrying fake currency. They forced Shamim to sit in their car and left from there. They drove the car towards IGI Airport and on their way, they thrashed him, robbed him off USD 1,27,500 and dumped him near Mahipalpur," said Yadav. All the accused have been arrested under section 41.1 (A) CrPC and all concerned police stations have been informed accordingly. Efforts are being made to arrest the mastermind and absconding accused Nadeem. It is also being verified whether they were involved in earlier incidents.

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