The plan was to cheat a businessman’s family and decamp with their cash and jewellery, but it went horribly wrong. Posing as income tax officials, six men turned up at the house of a south Delhi businessman in a Tata Safari vehicle bearing the Haryana government’s sticker.

They walked into the house, confiscated the cell phones of family members, telling them that they were there to investigate tax evasion.

One of the family members found their behaviour suspicious and raised an alarm. A crowd gathered outside the trader’s house. The fake I-T sleuths were then given a thrashing and then handed over to the police.

The CCTV footage recovered from the colony showed one of their associates in a Honda City car waiting outside the house  of Ramesh Chand, a Malviya Nagar-based businessmen dealing in electronic goods.

The accused were identified as Mitesh Kumar, Naunhyal, Yogesh Kumar, Govind Sharma, Amit Aggarwal and Parvinder. Parvinder, police said, was posing as the driver of the group. A seventh accused, Gaurav, was waiting outside the house in a car and managed to flee.