Police busts highway robbery gang, man arrested with dummy guns in Srinagar

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Srinagar: In a major breakthrough, police on Monday claimed to have busted a gang involved in highway robbery by arresting one accused along with two toy guns in the summer capital, Srinagar.

A police spokesperson said that on July 30 at about 0400 hrs Police Station Batamaloo received information that a highway robbery gang has intercepted a truck on the highway near Tengpora Byepass. “The gang was impersonating as militants and trying to extort money from the truck driver,” he said.

However, he said the truck driver kept the robbers engaged and succeeded in informing Police. “A Police party, which was detailed for night patrolling, rushed to the spot and apprehended one of the robbers on spot with the assistance of truck driver,” he said.

He said the accused has been identified as Imran Ahmad Shah, resident of Meganwaji in Nowgam, at present living in Gangbugh Srinagar. “A Santro car used in the commission of the crime has also been seized,” he said.

During checking, he said officers were also able to recover two fake guns and one camouflage pouch from his possession. “Accordingly, a case FIR No 108/2020 under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Batmaloo and investigation into the matter has been initiated,” he said.

He said during the course of investigation, the accused revealed that he was accompanied by two accomplices who happen to be his maternal uncles. “They have been identified as Zamir Ahmad Shah and Javid Ahmad Shah, both residents of Nowgam,” he said, adding both the accused are at large and efforts are on to effect their arrest.

“Further investigation into the matter is in progress,” he added