The MHB Colony police have arrested two people on Saturday for cheating over a dozen people of cash, phone and valuables over a period of time.
According to the police, the two accused – Naresh Jaiswal (32) and Karim Khan (32) – belonged to a "Bol Bachchan" gang that targets senior citizens, especially women, walking on the road and near malls and railway stations.
The duo would observe people for a while, strike a conversation and convince them into giving their phones and other valuables after either threatening them by posing as a government official or a cop, or after befriending them. Ashok Kalmalkar, senior police inspector, said: "The two have been cheating people in this way for the past four years. Over 10 cases have been registered in various police stations."
The two posed as either cops, media persons or even the victim's long-lost friend or acquaintance. "While posing as cops, they would threaten the victims and ask them to hand over their valuables for inspection. If they posed as a friend or an acquaintance, they would try to make small talks and get involved in their personal life. Following this, they would borrow their mobile phones for making a call and get away with it.
They also asked them to remove their jewellery for inspection," added Kalmalkar. Upon interrogation, it was found that they were looking out for their next victim. "There could be more people belonging to this gang. We have recovered some jewellery and electronic equipment. Investigations are on to find out how many more people they have cheated," Kalmalkar added.
While Jaiswal lived in Kalyan, Khan was a resident of Govandi. The duo has been arrested for cheating and common intention. Both have been remanded in police custody till May 21.