In a significant breakthrough, the Delhi Police have arrested a 29-year-old man, who was accused of stealing 500 luxury cars from Delhi in the last five years.
Safrudding, who also carried a bounty of Rs 1 lakh, is believed to be a resident of north Delhi’s Nand Nagri area, while his gang members are reportedly from Hyderabad. According to police, Safruddin and his gangs would arrive in Delhi by air and return by committing the crime in order to avoid their arrests.
“A team led by Inspector Neeraj Chaudhary and Sub-Inspector Kuldeep had hailed a car to stop near Gagan Cinema on August 3. The driver, later identified as Safruddin, however sped away but was intercepted after a chase of 50 km at Pragati Maidan and arrested,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh Deo was quoted by IANS.
According to the news agency, Safruddin also told police that he had fixed a target of stealing 100 luxury cars in a year in Delhi.
“Along with accomplice Mohammad Sharik and other gang members, he arrived in Delhi from Hyderabad by air along with a laptop and hi-tech gadgetry to break into the targeted cars’ software, GPS and centralised locking systems,” the officer added. They later took a flight for getting back to Hyderabad,” the officer said.
This wasn’t Safruddin’s first encounter with the cops in Delhi. On 5 June, he and his gang members had allegedly opened fire on cops in Vivek Vihar. In the shootout, his accomplices Noor Mohammad was killed and one Ravi Kuldeep arrested.
The gang sold the stolen vehicles to their contacts in Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and other states, the IANS report added.