Two held as fake heist fails to work

Crash money van to avoid suspicion

 Two people working for a private firm in outer Delhi’s Moti Nagar thought they had executed a fake robbery plan to perfection till they broke down under police pressure and confessed to their crime.

The two employees went a step ahead of an accused in a similar case near Red Fort a week ago by providing “evidence” in the form of chilli powder attack and a crashed car. In the Red Fort incident on April 22, the accused had only oral tales of the fake robbery to narrate to his employer.

One of the accused Sunil Kumar, who posed as the victim, approached police on April 24 claiming that he was robbed by two motorcycle-borne men near west Delhi’s Zakhira Flyover while returning to the factory at Moti Bagh. He had gone to make deliveries and collect payments to the tune of Rs 1.8 lakh.

“He had claimed that the assailants threw chilli powder in his eyes because of which his Eeco car collided with a divider and stopped. In the FIR he mentioned that he was robbed of the entire cash, mobile phone and important documents,” said a senior police officer.

A police team was formed to investigate the case and they began by questioning Sunil, 28, who works as a driver at the factory. 

“There were discrepancies in his statements and he soon broke down and confessed to faking the robbery,” the officer said.

Sunil, an avid film watcher, was inspired by the heist films he watched. 

He and the other accused Ravi Singh, 25, had decided not to speak to each other over phone for sometime prior to the execution of the plan as they knew that the needle of suspicion could point towards them based on the call detail records analysis.They both left the factory at around the same time that day, Sunil with the car filled with goods and supervisor Ravi on an early leave. 

They delivered the goods at Karol Bagh and collected Rs 2.8 lakh. To further avoid suspicion, he even delivered Rs 1 lakh of the total amount to a firm on the way.The actual plan was implemented at Zakhira Flyover where Ravi threw chilli powder at Sunil’s face and clothes before leaving with the cash. 

Sunil then intentionally crashed the car against a divider before approaching police in the garb of a victim. Both have been arrested and charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

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