This company hires professional snatchers
A 47-year-old man, along with his son, was arrested on Monday from Mangolpuri for running a private “company” which used to hire professional snatchers in the national Capital. With the arrest, the Delhi Police has claimed to have busted the gang.
As Nand Kishor — the main accused involved in cases of drug trafficking, Arms sale, robbery and house theft for the last 25 years — was losing agility, he hired snatchers to earn quick money, investigators told The Pioneer.
Police said Nand Kishor and his son Subash (22) were arrested on July 15 at 1.15 pm and 54 mobile phones, 11 laptops and Rs 2 lakh in cash were recovered from their possession.
“The accused used to distribute pamphlets inviting potential employees. Once the prospective snatcher got in touch with the accused, he was instructed to steal mobile phones. A total of 25 snatchers were part of the gang. These snatchers, who operated in groups of five to six men, were mainly drug addicts and used to target women and people in crowded markets and buses. They used to get a fifty-fifty share in the booty. Nand Kishor used to pay them even on lean days. His son was also involved in day-to-day management of the gang,” said officials.
Investigators said the main snatcher in the gang was nicknamed “machine”.
MN Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer), said, “During interrogation, Nand Kishor disclosed that they used to buy the stolen mobile phones and laptops from small pick-picketers and then used to sell the same on higher prices. They said they indulged in the illegal act to make easy buck and live a prosperous life.”
However, after spate of snatching incidents in Outer Delhi, the Special Staff of Outer district was on high alert. A team was formed and tasked to carry out anti-snatching drive and crack the cases. And it was during the investigation that police came to know about the father-son duo gang.
“On July 15, sleuths of the Special Staff were tipped off that one Nand Kishor, who is involved in buying and selling of stolen mobile phones will come to L-block in Mangolpuri in a Swift Dzire car. Accordingly, a team under Inspector Sukhbir Malik was constituted and a trap was laid near L-Block, Mangolpuri. A few minutes later, two men carrying bags in their hands in a white Swift car came. The team apprehended them,” said the senior police officer.
Initially, the two tried to mislead police. But on sustained interrogation, they broke down and confessed to their involvement in running a snatching gang.
Police said they are trying to ascertain the identity of the snatchers and efforts are on to nab other members of the gang.
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