The Allahabad police busted a gang of four teenagers involved in cellphone snatching on Monday.
The youths Shekhar Prajapati,Prakash Mishra and Siddharth Prakash Tiwari and a minor are from well-to-do families residing in Teliarganj area under Shivkuti police station. All are students of intermediate class.
Two bikes and 24 cellphones were recovered from their possession. They were caught from Buxibund area while they were about to sell the mobiles.
One of the accused,a 17-year-old,is the son of a Sub-Inspector posted in Unnao district. He is a Class XI student in Rani Rewati Devi intermediate college. Prakash (18),is the son of Dinesh Kumar Mishra,a food inspector in a dairy firm. Prakash is a student of Class XI in the Government Intermediate College,Chitrakoot. Siddharth (18) is the son of Chandra Prakash Tiwari,a teacher in a degree college. He is a student of Rani Rewati Devi intermediate college. Shekhar (19),the son of RS Prajapati,is a resident of Phaphamau.
The group had been active for the last one year, said the Superintendent of Police,Awdhesh Singh Vijeta. Their modus operandi was to snatch the mobile while a person is busy talking. The gang operated in two groups. Moving on stolen bikes,they were smart enough not to switch on the mobile, the SP added.
The gang usually targeted women and children. They have already sold 30 mobiles,snatched in the past. Sporting trendy clothes and shoes,they had been flitting in and out of posh localities including Civil Lines,George Town and Tagore Town,in search of targets,the police said.
We wanted to earn quick bucks to meet out our daily expenses drinks,mobile recharging,gifts to friends and fuel. We used to sell these mobiles to some shop owners who purchased our mobiles at cheaper rates, said the 17-year-old,who had twice managed to give police the slip,telling them about his father’s position in the department.
During interrogation,the youths reportedly told the police that they used to earn good money depending on the cellphone model. Since the sets were easily sold in the market and among acquaintances,nobody suspected them.