Hiding in pits, gang of 11 tried to steal underground wires near MP's house
New Delhi: On Wednesday night, during patrolling near the residence of a Member of Parliament in the high security zone of New Delhi's Firoz Shah road, staff from Barakhambha police station came across four pits in the ground.
On inspection, they were astonished to find ten men hiding inside these pits, each around four feet deep.
The men were found to be thieves and immediately arrested, while another associate, an auto-rickshaw driver, was nabbed later.
The arrest was made by a team formed under the leadership of Barakhamba SHO Prahalad Yadav.
Explaining the modus operandi, police on Thursday said that the 11 accused are part of a large entire gang, which has over 50-60 members and works in groups of 10 persons each.
The accused used to steal expensive underground communication wire, laid down by the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).
After conducting recce of vulnerable spot in the morning, the accused would use tools like spade, shovel, blade and rope to dig pits and steal the wires.
"The work was distributed among them. They used to dig holes in such a way that during patrolling, they could hide inside them," police said, adding that a few members of the gang had been from Mandi House on August 13.
An investigator claimed that while digging the pits, the accused used to pretend to be labourers involved in some government work.
"On Wednesday, two police personal Banwari Lal and Mukesh were patrolling the area when they busted the gang after noticing movement in bushes near an MP's house. One man tried to flee, but he was also nabbed and on his instance, the gang was busted," said a police official.
He added that the gang used to bring two auto rickshaws so as to carry the stolen wires.
"The gang leader has been identified as Aklash, also known as Thekedar. All the members are from different parts of Delhi," the officer said.