Notorious thief of ‘thak thak’ gang held at Minto Road


A team of Special Staff /Central District arrested one notorious criminal, namely Wasim Qureshi aged 30 years and a resident of Tarapuri, District Meerut, UP and busted ‘thak thak’ gang involved in snatching/auto-lifting/theft of mobile phones. Four stolen mobile phones, two motorcycles and one scooty have been recovered and seven cases of MVT/theft of different police stations have been solved.

On Nov 26, head constable Vinod Kumar of Special Staff/Central received information that a notorious member of ‘thak thak’ gang, namely Wasim Qureshi is roaming around on a black colour motorcycle and he would come at Minto Road, Kamla Market to sell the stolen mobile phones to his receiver. Acting upon this information, a raiding team led by Inspector Lalit Kumar, I/C Special Staff/Central consisting of SI Naresh Kumar (I/C Anti-Snatching Cell), constables Praveen & Atul was immediately formed under the close supervision of Naresh Kumar, ACP/Operations, Central District.

The police team laid a trap near Bus Stand, Minto Road, Kamla Market, Delhi. At about 7 pm, one person came on a black colour motorcycle and waited for someone near bus stand, Minto Road. On a tip-off  by an informer, he was overpowered and apprehended by the police team and was identified as Wasim Qureshi. On his personal search, four mobile phones were recovered and all the mobile phones were found stolen from the area of PS IP Estate and Kamla Market Police Station. Further, on questioning about ownership of the motorcycle, he could not give any satisfactory reply and on verification, it was revealed that the motorcycle was found stolen from the area of Rajender Nagar, Delhi.

On sustained questioning, he disclosed that in order to earn easy money, he started coming to Delhi to commit crime. He came into contact with his associate and they both started stealing two-wheelers with the help of master key. They also used to snatch/steal mobile phones from different areas of Delhi on these stolen motorcycles/scooties. He used to come to Delhi on daily basis by train or bus and after committing theft, he returned to Meerut. From the last few months, he and his accomplice were stealing belongings and valuables of the innocent car owners by using different modus operandi of ‘thak thak’ gang. 

They further used to sell these stolen mobile phones and two-wheelers to different persons in crowded markets in Delhi and Meerut, UP. Further investigation is under progress.

The police claimed to have solved 7 cases with this arrest. Two bikes, a scooty and four mobile phones have been recovered. reporter