Five Bangladeshis held for Delhi robberies

March 13th, 2008 - 10:53 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) Five Bangladeshis have been arrested here for allegedly drugging and robbing two south Delhi families which had employed them as domestic servants, the police said Thursday. Zasim Ali, 32, Salim Hussain, 32, Mohammed Rafique alias Raju Dass, 22, Maqsood alias Raju Dass, 19, and a 13-year-old boy were arrested Wednesday from their rented accommodation in Kotla Mubarakpur and Begampur areas of the capital.

They were arrested for robbing retired army Major K.C. Anand, resident of Greater Kailash-I, last month and three senior citizens and a boy in Sarvodaya Enclave of Malaviya Nagar March 8.

The police said investigations revealed that a domestic help named Raju Dass was involved in both cases of drugging and robbing the employing families.

The families had hired the accused without verifying their antecedents and the accused escaped with cash and jewellery within two days of their engagement.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Delhi) H.G.S. Dhaliwal said Zasim Ali, who worked with a registered medical practitioner’s assistant in Bangladesh, was the kingpin of the gang.

Zasim first would select his potential targets - senior citizens and affluent families in need of domestic helps. The gang would befriend their domestic helps by meeting them at tea stalls, milk shops and grocery shops.

“After winning their confidence, Zasim would ask these domestic servants to help one of his associates to get jobs. The kingpin even gave a new name, ‘Raju Dass’, to his accomplices,” Dhaliwal said.

“Within days of their employment, the conmen struck the families by mixing food and drinks with sedatives and drugs,” he added.

According to the police, Zasim brought such drugs from Bangladesh through illegal channels.

The police said the gang was successful in sending some stolen stuff to their acquaintances in West Bengal, but jewellery worth Rs.500,000, two cellular phones, Rs.5,000 in cash, two wrist-watches, one digital camera and some sedative pills were seized from them.

Dhaliwal said the accused in their interrogation confirmed their involvement in both the cases.

The gang drugged Anand and his two servants at his Greater Kailash-I home Feb 17, 2008 and escaped with cash and jewellery worth Rs.2.5 million. Anand said Raju Dass’s antecedents were not verified with the police and he was hired on the recommendation of his other servant.

The police launched investigation March 8 to trace a domestic help, called ‘Raju Dass’, for drugging his employer Shankar Lal Goel, 80, his wife Kusum Goel, 75, his sister-in-law Anila Garg, 70, and his grandson Akshay, 17, at their Sarvodaya Enclave home.

The police said in this case too the family had hired the servant without checking his antecedents.

Parveen Kumar Bajaj reported that he had engaged a domestic help, ‘Raju Dass’, in his Sarvapriya Vihar home, early March without police verification. Within two days the servant stole cash and jewellery and escaped.

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