Afghan robbers busted, targeted countrymen

Afghan robbers busted, targeted countrymen

Delhi Police have busted a gang that targeted Afghan nationals in the city. Three of the four accused, involved in cases of robbery, were nabbed near Nizamuddin in southeast Delhi.

Police said two of the accused are Afghan nationals. “In past few months, there had been some incidents of robberies from businessmen or traders in north and central Delhi. These incidents had caused alarm,” said a police official.

Police said they received specific information on Friday that the suspects would assemble near the graveyard at Nizamuddin. They were arrested after a car chase.

The police have recovered two cars, a motorcycle, a LED TV, five mobile phone and Rs 16 lakh in cash.

During interrogation, it was revealed that three accused Arif Khan, Nadeem and Yashvir, who were friends had robbed an Afghan national of US$ 1,27,500.

Police said Khan had told his two accomplices about his relative and the fourth suspect Wali Agha, who worked at Kabul Zaika restaurant in Ballimaran area. The restaurant is next to Sameer Guest House where many Afghan tourists used to stay, police said.

“He told them that he knows many Afghan nationals who carry huge amount of money from Delhi to their country. He also informed them that if they are robbed, they will not report the incident to the police. They then formed a gang and decided to carry out the robberies," the police official said.

The gang members learnt about Shamim who was travelling to Kabul with foreign currency. Posing as police officers, the three men intercepted Shamim on his way to IGI airport and robbed him of USD 1,27,500. They pulled him in their car and later dumped him at Mahipalpur.