Boy behind Delhi’s ‘burgle and burn’ gang held

February 19th, 2011 - 10:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The kingpin of Delhi’s notorious ‘burgle and burn’ gang - the group of minors who broke into houses and set them on fire after thefts - was arrested here Saturday, police said.Sanjeev, a vagabond of south Delhi, was arrested at 6 a.m. from Sarojini Nagar area of south Delhi during patrolling, a senior police officer said.

“Several incidents have been reported from Sarojini Nagar, Laxmibai Nagar and other areas, where the gnag used to commit burglaries and set the houses on fire,” the police officer added.

The gang struck most recently Feb 6, when it broke into and burned a house at Laxmibai Nagar area.

Sanjeev, who turned 18 two months back, escaped from an observation home and was on the run. He led the gang of around 10-15 minors, many of whom he recruited from the observation home itself.

“This group generally targets residences of government officials. He had earlier been arrested several times in connection with various cases of burglary and theft, and has also escaped many times from the observation home,” the police officer added.

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