A specialised interrogation room inside certain police stations known as lie detector led to the arrest of three people for staging a snatching case and misusing foreign currency worth more than Rs 40 lacs. Police arrested Gurdeep Singh (32),Rohit Kumar (25),both residents of Tilak Nagar and Gaurav Siwadh (25) on Saturday in this connection. All of them worked with Western Union Money Transfer,officials said Sunday.
The incident was reported on October 31,when they told police that a money bag had been snatched from them by some persons on motorcycle,officials said.
Additional Commissioner of Police,West District,V Renganthan said,We received a call regarding the snatching of the bag containing huge amount of Indian and foreign currency in Tilak Nagar. Rohit,initially said that when he and his colleague Gaurav were going with the days collection to their boss house at 9 pm,two persons on a motorbike snatched the bag and fled. A case of snatching and theft was registered based on their statement,he added.
Police suspected both employees of staging the snatching as there were variations in their version of the robbery. To check if the incident was staged,both were made to narrate the incident separately,the official said.
As there were discrepancies in their statement,both of them were taken to an interrogation room known in police circles as lie detector in Tilak Nagar police station.
The duo was taken to the interrogation room where hidden cameras have been installed. We have made it specially for such purposes,where it is difficult to get information from suspects. They were interrogated and then deliberately left alone in the room and were closely observed. Thinking they were alone,the two started discussing freely about the distribution of the money in case police let go of them, he said.
From their candid conversation,police got to know that the robbery was staged.
It was pre-planned. Gurdeep used to visit the duo in the absence of the owner of the company. This is how they came into contact. Gurdeep,who works as a property dealer and is a close friend of the businessman,had visited foreign countries before and knew all about foreign currency. They thought that they will get the money exchanged from the money changer for Indian currency, he said.
On being confronted about the contents of their chat,the two accused admitted their crime and also named another associate,Gurdeep,to whom the money bag was handed over after the incident. The duo led police to Gurdeeps house,where he was nabbed and the foreign currency recovered from his possession.