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'Army' thief caught red-handed

Army thief caught red-handed
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A 24-year-old man, who robbed army persons after drugging them, has been arrested by the Delhi Police from Nizamuddin railway station.

'Vipin Kumar Godwal, a resident of Saharanpur, targeted the passengers waiting at railway stations. He used to lure army persons to a red-light area in the neighbourhood and robbed them of their cash and valuable items. He was arrested from Nizamuddin railway station on Wednesday,' said BS Gujjar, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Railways.

The arrest came on Wednesday after a complaint lodged by an army man, Virender Singh (23), who fell prey to his tricks, but was saved on time. Singh, in his complaint, told police that on Wednesday, he came across Vipin Kumar at Nizamuddin railway station while he was waiting for his train to go to his village near Bhubaneswar.

Kumar had informed that he was also with the Indian Army. Kumar had then asked Singh to come with him to GB Road's red-light area. Singh had readily agreed and they both went to GB Road after depositing the luggage at the station’s cloak room.

On reaching GB Road, Kumar had told Singh that he should go there alone, leaving the wallet and other valuables with him for safekeeping. Singh had agreed and gave him the cash he had. Later, they both went to a teashop, where Kumar tried to give Singh tea laced with sedatives.

He was caught red-handed by Singh. Kumar escaped then but was caught later when he had gone back to the cloak room to steal Singh's luggage. Singh shouted for help at the station and the accused was subsequently overpowered by the policemen at the platform, the officer added.

Vipin Kumar had confessed to his crime. While frisking, the police found seven to eight identity cards of army-men, canteen cards and other documents from his possession. On interrogation, he told police that he used take army men to GB Road where he drugged them before robbing them.

He told police that army men were easy targets as they readily agreed to go to GB Road and would be reluctant in registering a complaint after coming back from that place.

The complainant, Virender Singh, is with the third regiment of Army in Jammu. He was on his way to his hometown when the incident occurred. The accused, Kumar, has cheated many army persons like him. More than 10 cases have been discovered so far. 
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