SRINAGAR: Three persons have been arrested after more than 120 stolen mobile phones worth Rs 26 lakh were seized from them, police said Sunday.
A police spokesman in a statement said that on July 4, 2020, Mohammad Amir Malik son of Ghulam Hussain Malik a resident of Deviangan Hawal lodged a written report in police station Nowhatta to the effect that he has a mobile shop at Gojwara Chowk and during the intervening night of July 3 and July 4 some unknown burglars barged into his shop and have decamped with mobile phones of different brands worth lakhs of rupees. “On receipt of this complaint a case FIR No. 33/2020 U/S 457,380 IPC was registered and investigation taken up,” the spokesman said.
He said that during the course of investigation services of FSL unit as well as electronic surveillance unit were utilized. The tower dump of the area was analyzed and IMEI numbers of stolen mobile phones were put on surveillance for any lead in the case.
“An important clue emerged when a CCTV camera of a nearby shop recorded 03 suspected persons who seemed to be scrap collectors entering the mobile shop and leaving after sometime with some sacks. On the basis of the CCTV footage, searches were carried out across city in all areas with settlements of non-local scrap collectors,” said police spokesman in a statement.
After nearly 02 months one stolen mobile phone became active with user location at New Delhi and SDR was found as Abdul Razaq Sheikh son of Mohammad Sulaiman Sheikh a resident of J.J Colony Bhawana Delhi,” he said, adding that in order to investigate the matter a police party headed by an officer was deputed to Delhi and the accused was arrested on 06/09/2020.
“During questioning,the accused disclosed that he had hidden stolen mobile phones at his residence at J.J Colony Bhawana Delhi. On this disclosure of the accused police party recovered/seized 112 mobile phones along with their accessories from the spot,” he said.
“The accused Abdul Razaq was later shifted from New Delhi to Srinagar and again questioned when he revealed names of his two associates as Mohammad Alamin Sheikh @ Faggu Shiekh aon of Mohammad Fazlu Shiekh resident of Madanpur Khadar District Sarita Vihar New Dehi AP Harnag Anantnag and Mohammad Jahangir Sheikh son of Mohammad Fazlu @ Faggu Shiekh a resident of Madanpur Khadar District Sarita Vihar New Delhi A/P Harnag Anantnag and also disclosed that few mobile phones are still dumped in the rented room of his associate namely Mohammad Jahangir,” he added .
The spokesman said that on this, a police party was deputed towards Harnag Anantnag for the arrest/recoveries. Both the accused were arrested and 11 stolen mobile sets were recovered/seized from the rented room of Mohammad Jahangir.
“In order to ascertain their modus operandi, all the burglars were put to Sustained questioning during which they revealed that they used to recee their targets posing themselves as scrap collectors. In the instant case also they had visited Gojawara area several times and did recee of the surroundings of the shop as well as noted the working Schedule of the shop owner. They also divulged that they had noted, the said shop owner used to add new stock once during the week and on the day when the owner added new stock to the store they decided to strike post-midnight,” he said.
“They used hacksaw blades and plumbing wrench to break the locks of the shop. Before the burglary they waited till midnight at a nearby place and after burglary returned to their rented place at Harnag, Anantnag. They dumped the stolen mobile phone at Harnag for nearly two months to avoid detection by police and to escape the initial manhunt. After lying low for two months, Abdul Razaq left with the stolen property for Delhi to sell them there while the other two burglars remained at Harnag,” he added.
“Thereby, Srinagar Police was able to recover the stolen property of about Rupees 26 lakhs from the accused persons. The investigating team of the case has done a commendable job with the highest statements of professionalism,” said Dr Haseeb SSP Srinagar while addressing a press conference.