Crime & Justice

Police detain 1,600 people to catch 5 robbers in Indian capital

New Delhi, Jun 27 (EFE).- Indian police have taken as many as 1,600 people into custody and seized around 2,000 cars during a major operation to arrest five people for allegedly committing robbery in broad daylight in the heart of New Delhi.

The authorities of the Indian capital on Tuesday managed to find the whereabouts of the alleged perpetrators of this robbery as a result of an extensive operation following the robbery at the Pragati Maidan tunnel, local broadcaster NDTV reported.

The swift police action followed a social media uproar over the viral video of the robbery, captured by highway security cameras on Saturday.

The footage showed four men on two motorbikes blocking the way of a car on the road that connects New Delhi with the neighboring city of Noida.

After intercepting the car, the two pillion riders took out pistols and one of them opened the rear door of the car and snatched the bag containing 200,000 rupees ($2,400), before speeding off on the bikes.

The robbery at the busy underpass in broad daylight raised strong questions on the law and order situation in the national capital.

“The Central Government does not have any solid plan to improve the Law and Order of Delhi,” the capital’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told reporters, who had watched the footage of the shocking crime.

“Citizens are feeling themselves very unsafe,” he added. The police in the national capital come under the federal government and not the state government.

Gunpoint robberies in the middle of the highways are rare in India, a country with a population of 1.4 billion.

In 2021, India’s National Crime Records Bureau had registered around 19,000 robbery cases on the roads and highways of the country. EFE


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