statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 14 DEC: Delhi Police apprehended four juveniles for their alleged involvement in stealing a four-wheeler to commit robberies during polling for the Delhi assembly elections.
To enjoy a lavish lifestyle, the juveniles started committing crimes, said the police. Mr Ravindra Yadav, additional commissioner of police (crime), said that they landed in police net yesterday when they were roaming near Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Munirka.
The police said that the consume culture infused in them a temptation to earn quick money. "They developed a craze for new and powerful bikes. The money robbed from innocent people used for purchasing expensive, branded clothes and other similar stuff," said Mr Yadav.
 Police had registered a compliant by one Anand Kumar on 4 December who had reported that four persons, who were intercepting him in a Maruti Esteem car, waylaid him and at IGNOU Road robbed his two cell phones at knife-point.
 During investigations, the said car figured in all such incidents. Later on, the said car was found abandoned in Vasant Kunj.  Taking into account the series of robberies in a span of few hours and that too on the day of elections, the crime branch was tasked to nab the culprits. The police team finally succeeded yesterday with the apprehension of the four juveniles, police said. The police said they lived in Saidulazab village in south Delhi. One of them had been earlier involved in a case of vehicle theft and remained in Juvenile Welfare Home for about 45 days. On coming out from the home, he constituted a gang under the name of ‘Ali Baba’ and started stealing motorcycles and cars with the help of master keys.
 "During his stay in the Juvenile Welfare Home, he learnt that police cannot arrest juveniles and they cannot be treated like other criminals for the same offence, and they cannot be kept in jails also. The gang was inspired by Dhoom series of movies and tried to imitate the style and actions of the film’s character’s while committing robberies on bikes," said Mr Yadav.
 They further disclosed that on December 4, all of them set out for a ‘hunt’ and found a Maruti Esteem car at Munirka village. They opened it with the help of master key, and then started roaming in adjoining areas and robbed several people of their cash and mobile phones at knife point.  Later, they abandoned the Maruti Esteem, due to leakage of radiator. Four mobiles which were robbed by them on different occasions were also recovered from their possession. A R-15 Yamaha motorcycle was also recovered at their instance from a workshop at Lado Sarai, police said.