With the arrest of three accused persons namely Karun alias Tarun, aged 23 years and resident of Darya Ganj, Delhi; Zuhaib- aged 22 years resident of Darya Ganj, Delhi and Mohammad Azaz, aged 24 years, resident of Chandni Mahal, Delhi, the team of AATS/Central District has busted a gang involved in theft/ snatching of mobile phones from different areas of Delhi and further sold these stolen phones by changing IMEI numbers. About 28 mobile phones, devices and other computer accessories used for changing IMEI Numbers have been recovered. About 5 mobile phones have been linked with three FIRs and two NCRs of different police stations of Delhi.
In the afternoon of January 8, HC Rohitas of AATS/Central District received a secret information that two notorious snatcher/thief Karun and Zuhaib who are involved in selling mobile phones after changing IMEI numbers, would come outside Gate No. 3, Metro Station Delhi Gate for getting changed IMEI numbers of stolen mobile phones.
Subsequent to this information, a police team led by Inspr. Lalit Kumar comprising of ASI Kanhiya Lal, HC Rohitas, HC Rakesh, HC Satbir, Ct. Vinod, Ct. Parveen, Ct. Sanwarmal and Ct. Vijay was formed under the supervision of Shri Naresh Kumar ACP/Operations, Central District.
The police team immediately laid a trap near Gate No.3, Metro Station Delhi Gate and at about 3:45 pm, two persons came there on foot and at the instance of informer, the police team apprehended both of them and they were identified as Karun alias Tarun and Zuhaib, both residents of Kala Mahal, Darya Ganj, Delhi. On their search, two mobile phones were recovered and on verification, the mobile phones were found stolen from the areas of PS Hauz Khas and Kamla Market.
During interrogation, they disclosed that they were going near Delite Cinema to handover these mobile phones to one Azaz for changing IMEI numbers and also to get back the mobile phones already given to him for changing of IMEI numbers. Subsequently, the police team immediately reached near Delite Cinema and after a few minutes, one person came there who was apprehended at their instance and he was identified as Mohd. Azaz, resident of Chandni Mahal, Delhi. Further, on his search, one mobile phone was recovered and on verification, the phone was found stolen from the area of PS Jama Masjid and the IMEI No. was also found changed. Further, at the instance of Mohd. Azaz, another 25 mobile phones and devices/equipments used for changing IMEI numbers were also recovered from his shop at Chhatta Lal Miyan, Chandni Mahal.
All the accused persons were subjected to sustained interrogation in which accused Karun and Zuhain disclosed that they used to target the people walking on foot in crowded places and after stealing mobile phones, they get changed the IMEI numbers through Mohammad Azaz for Rs. 500 per mobile phone and further sold the mobile phones to passersby or in Sunday Market, Near Jama Masjid. They had stolen several mobile phones from different areas of Delhi so far.
Accused Mohd. Azaz disclosed that he used to work at the mobile repair shop of his brother at Chhatta Lal Miyan, Chandni Mahal for last 5-6 years and soon he managed to procure the devices/equipments for changing IMEI numbers of mobile phones of different companies and got expertise in changing IMEI numbers. He used to charge Rs. 500 per mobile phone and further returned back the mobile phones to Karun and Zuhaib after changing the IMEI numbers.
Further investigation is under progress and efforts are being made to link the remaining mobile phones with FIRs/NCRs.