STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 12 December
Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly cheating people by posing himself as a labourer employed with the Archaeological Survey of India and willing to sell Mughal era treasure, which he claimed to have found while digging behind the Taj Mahal.
Police said, the accused has been identified as Mohammed Salim Khan, a resident of Bharatpur district in Rajasthan. He landed in police net from Rajokri in Delhi on 10 December.
Salim would introduce himself as Rahul Sharma, a poor labourer from Rajasthan who is involved in digging work at different lands acquired by the Archaeological Survey of India near the Yamuna River behind Taj Mahal, police officials said..
"He would say that while digging with an excavator in these areas, he had discovered ancient treasure of the Mughal era. He said he was willing to sell the treasure at half the rates of the open market. He lured his victims by saying that he has five gold bricks that weigh 800 grams each,” police said.
Salim would then call his victims to the Mewat region, where he would rob them at gunpoint. Salim and his gang would call their victims ‘Tatlu’ and so they were called ‘Tatlu Gang’.
Salim is the leader of ‘Tatlu Gang’, involved in luring people of Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir and cheating them by promising to sell genuine gold bricks and ancient treasure of the Mughal era at half the rates. After the victims approached them with money, Salim and his associates would rob them at gun point.