Metro police busts six gangs with different modus operandi in three months
NEW DELHI: If you are being pushed to your left side while travelling inside Delhi Metro, do make sure to check that you are not being robbed of your wallet or purse.
Delhi Police have identified this to be the modus operandi of some major gangs who cheat and/or rob passengers inside Delhi Metro trains.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Pankaj Singh said they have taken every possible step in curbing crime in Metro.
"We have busted six major gangs in three months," said the DCP.
The six gangs which were busted in the last three months include three gangs comprising of pick-pocketers, one gang comprising of only women, one involved in cheating and belonging to Bawana, and another gang involving a family which operates inside Metro trains.
Police said that the three gangs of pick-pocketers regularly involve new members in their gang to dodge investigators.
''We arrested one Laxmi Kant Dwivedi, who used to hire drug addicts and they used to pose as commuters and surround their target.
"One of them would jostle the victim, and the other would take out the purse," said a police official.
Officials further stated that as soon as a Metro arrives at a platform, leading to a rush of passengers, these gangs begin their handiwork.
The drug addicts travel in groups in Metro trains from 7 am, when most stations are busy.
''When they touch the victim, he or she will think it's just a push from the crowd. But after a while, they will find that their purse is missing," the official added.
In the evening, the leader of the gang would pay them some money for the job they did and hire new faces the next day to avoid suspicion.
In Dwivedi's case, police also came to know his employees would often change their appearance, as Dwivedi himself was master of disguise.
"Sometimes, he would make himself to look like he belonged to different religions," the official stated.
Sources said that Dwivedi was arrested by team led by Inspector Rajeev Kumar, Assistant sub-inspector Ombir Tyagi, head constables Bhupendra and Shakti Singh, and constable Surendra.
Brave commuters felicitated for stopping crime inside Metro trains
NEW DELHI: In the span of around three months, 59 commuters travelling through Delhi Metro showed brave efforts in nabbing or helping the police nab more than 60 criminals.
Delhi Metro police on Friday felicitated these brave passengers, who showed exemplary courage in nabbing the criminals and then handing over to the police.
Police sources claimed that some of the accused were the first timer or habitual.
Sharing one of their stories, a brave commuters Avinash Rajpurohit stated that he was coming back after shopping and was going towards GTB Nagar Metro station from Rajiv Chowk, when he nabbed a person who tried to steal his phone. The brave passengers also included many women, one of whom was a student doing MSc from a college in the national Capital.
On August 14, the student Rinki Kumari was travelling in the women's compartment of a Delhi Metro train, when she noticed that someone was touching her purse.
"I noticed the hand which grabbed me. She was a woman who tried to steal my phone in Yamuna Bank Metro station," said Rinki. The girl, a native of Bihar, is currently living in the city.
Kajal Shukla, a resident of Rohini, nabbed a youth who tried to steal her phone when she was coming out of the metro. Shukla, with the help of another commuter, was able to catch the accused and later handed him over to police.
"I felt proud after I grabbed his hand when he tried everything to escape. I was helped by another person," said Shukla.
One of the commuters stated that his parents were happy when they came to know their son helped Delhi Police.
"On the day of the incident, I came late. My parents thought that I was having a party with my friends. But when they came to know the reason for some time, they were in some kind of shock later they were happy with my efforts," said the commuter.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Pankaj Singh stated that after crime, people hesitate in reporting to police as they think no one wants to be involved in the police investigation.
"But we want that people should come out and support us so that there should be zero tolerance of crime," Singh told Millennium Post.