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Two arrested for robberies, Rs 40.4 lakh recovered

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested two of four robbers from a parking lot at Inderlok metro station. The robbers were involved in at least two cash robberies where the foursome had robbed a total of around Rs 1.48 crore at gunpoint from two separate victims and threatened to kill them.

The two men arrested by police were identified as Alam Ali (22) and Mustkeem Khan (19), who had along with two other accomplices robbed a Delhi businessman and his son of Rs 1.4 crore after threatening to kill them both on March 22.

During the investigation, police had confirmed that the circumstances of the crime had led them to explore the possibility of a planned coup. The four accused had robbed their victims at gunpoint in the middle of a busy street near a local fruit market in the Rani Bagh area.

In addition, police also found that the same foursome was involved in another case of robbery, where the victim was robbed of his scooty along with Rs 8 lakh in cash, which was stored under the seat.

The gang had a simple, yet effective operating procedure. In both cases, the four robbers would mark their targets in advance, and then on two separate scooties stop their victims at an opportune location, where their escape wouldn't be hindered. They would then threaten to fire at their victims and make away with the stolen cash and vehicles.

Following the FIRs registered at the police stations, a team was formed under DCP Crime Joy Tirkey and crime teams started scouring CCTV footage in the area. After continued efforts, officers received a tip-off about Alam and Mustkeem and arrested them from Inderlok metro station, recovering Rs 40.4 lakh of the bounty.

Police said that the accused confessed to the two robberies after sustained interrogation and finally gave up the name of their accomplices as Baba and Babloo. Sources familiar with the case suspect that the rest of the money will likely be found with the other accused who are currently absconding. Additional Commissioner of Police, Rajiv Ranjan said that efforts are being made to apprehend the other two robbers who are residents of the Trans-Yamuna area.

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