They came to Delhi all the way from Tamil Nadu to commit crimes employing a peculiar modus operandi.
They committed thefts in Apollo Hospital parking from a UP Legislator’s car. The police claim to have solved 13 cases with this arrest. The South-East district police cracking the whip to prevent and detect the incidents of Thak-Thak, Puncture, Cash-Phenk gangs, special teams were constituted to neutralize these crime syndicates.
Security was beefed up, the painstaking efforts of the teams of PS Kalkaji and Pul Prahladur eventually paid off and 2 gangs with a modus operandi of “Cash-Phenk” and “Puncture” have been busted. Under PS Kalkaji, the staff arrested 3 members of Cash-Phenk gang operating in the area. They would spot the target, drop the bills of rupees 10 in front of the chosen victim to divert the attention. The police also recovered 2 Apple MacBook costing 1.5 lakhs, some foreign currency, cash rupees 18000, new currency notes of denomination rupees 10 used for alluring the target and one country made pistol with two live rounds. Those arrested have been identified as Gurvayurappan 36 years, Prasath 26 years and P. Surender 25 years all from Trichy, Tamil Nadu. A dedicated team led by SHO inspector Atul Kumar with SI Yogesh Tanwar, HC Ajay, HC Jaspal, HC Ramkishor and others was constituted under the supervision of Govind Sharma, ACP sub-division Kalkaji. The police team tracked down and finally apprehended them following a close watch on the gangs with such a modus operandi. The police also used human intelligence in the arrest. "When we interrogated them they disclosed that they are from Tamil Nadu and putting up in the area of Madangir, Ambedkar Nagar. Both the accused revealed that they work for Murugan and Govindan who tempt the young alcohol addicted and unemployed boys from Tamil Nadu and bring them to Delhi for this purpose. They even trained the boys in lifting and stealing bags from vehicles by “Thak-Thak/Puncture/Cash-Phenk” format. They basically targeted the solo driver with a bag in the car. They used to follow the targeted vehicle on motorcycle and TSR. When the driver parked the vehicle, the accused would spread the currency notes on the road and then beckon the driver to the bills lying down, and ask them to pick them up. Many a time most would fall in their trap. While picking up the money, the other gang members would swiftly open the car gate from the opposite side and remove the bag kept on the seat and flee the scene in a hired auto in which Murugan used to supervise the entire operation from a little distance,"
DCP Southeast district Chinmoy Biswal averred. Cases Worked Out
1) FIR no. 355/19,U/S 420/379/411/34 IPC, PS Kalkaji 2) FIR no. 357/19,U/S 420/379/411 IPC, PS Kalkaji 3) FIR no. 358/16,U/S 25
/54/59 Arms Act
, PS Kalkaji 4) FIR no. 233/19,U/S 379 IPC, PS Sarita Vihar 5) eFIR no. 344/19U/S 379 IPC, PS Amar Colony 6) eFIR no. 351/19U/S 379 IPC, PS Amar Colony 7) eFIR no. 354/19U/S 379 IPC, PS Amar Colony 8) eFIR no. 399/19U/S 379 IPC, PS Amar Colony 9) eFIR no. 513/19U/S 379 IPC, PS Amar Colony. Another case was reported under PS Pul Prahladpur where the police have caught 2 members of “Puncture Gang”. The accused would puncture the cars and break the window panes with the help of a stone and flee with bags and other valuables. The police have recovered one stolen laptop and a motorcycle used in commission of crime. The team comprising SI Manoj Bhaskar, ASI Sher Singh led by SHO inspector Ajay Pratap Singh under the supervision of ACP sub-division Badarpur Gursewak Singh Dhillon was constituted to nab the members of 'thak-thak and puncture gang' active in the area of M.B. Road and the Surajkund border area. The police on a complaint laid a trap and apprehended them near a footover bridge on M.B. Road, Pul Prahlad Pur. One stolen bag containing Apple laptop and one Black Yamaha FZ Motor Cycle No. DL 8S CP 3604 was also recovered from the possession of accused. In this regard, Case FIR No. 136/19 under Sections 379/411/427/34
of the Indian Penal Code, 1860
, was registered at PS-Pul Prahlad Pur and investigation is being conducted by SI Manoj Kumar. Those arrested have been identified as Sahil 22 years and Mahesh 20 years. The cases have been registered under relevant sections and further probe is on.