Three suspected members of the "Zahar-Khurani" gang, including its leader, have been arrested for allegedly drugging and looting people travelling on autorickshaws in the national capital, the police said on Monday.
The accused, all natives of Bihar's Kishanganj district, were arrested from Dwarka by the Delhi Police's Crime Branch on November 9.
According to the police, the accused have confessed to their crimes.
They had also managed to drug armed forces personnel, the police said, adding the accused usually targeted passengers who travelled alone with a lot of luggage.
On November 9, police received a tip off that some members of the gang would come near IP University, Dwarka, on a scooter to dispose some stolen articles, Additional Commissioner of Police A K Singla said.
Subsequently, a trap was laid and the accused were apprehended. An auto rickshaw used in commission of crime, 12 stolen mobile phones, two wrist watches and other articles were seized from them, the officer said.
Preliminary interrogation has revealed that the accused used the code word "duty" to signal their accomplices to proceed for the crime.
Kasir Alam, said to be gang leader, along with Kurban used to stand near crowded bus stops and pretend to be passengers heading to New Delhi railway station, Mr Singla said.
Then, Mohammad Abbas would come to the spot with his autorickshaw seeking a ride to the railway station. Later, Alam and Kurban would share the ride with other passengers in Abbas's auto, the officer said.
After travelling some distance, Alam would ask the driver to stop near a shop pretending that he is thirsty. Meanwhile, the accused would offer some drinks, laced with a powdered sedative, to the victim.
Once, the victim becomes disoriented after consuming the drink, the accused take away his belongings and leave him at some isolated place, the police official said.
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