Next time when you either attend or host a lavish party, just beware, not everyone present there may be an invitee! A few of them could be from the gangs of thugs, which have been operating in the state capital with an aim to dupe people of cash and jewellery. These gang members could be well-dressed children or some gorgeous-looking female, who mix well with the party invitees and decamp with cash and jewellery in a blink of an eye.
What is alarming is the fact that these gang members do not hesitate in targetting parties at big hotels and even powerful politicians. No sooner than they succeed in stealing the booty, almost all the members of the gangs run away either to some safe hideouts or cross over to other states leaving the police left with beating the bush.
One such gang targetted Mayawati regime minister of state ranked politician’s relative wedding at Shahnazaf Imambada in Lucknow and ran away with cash and jewellery worth around Rs 1 crore. Since the matter was directly linked to an influential politician, police swung into action and nabbed a gang, which police claimed was involved in Shahnajaf Imambara incident. The gang members were said to be from Madhya Pradesh.
In October last year, in a similar incident, miscreants ran away with cash worth Rs 5 lakh from a marriage ceremony on Shahnajaf Road. The police have failed to crack the case.
Similar incidents of duping in marriage and other parties continue to trouble people and police alike even till date. Latest to be reported was an incident on February 21.
A women in her late 20s or may be early 30s entered into a Tilak ceremony of a jeweller’s son in Ghazipur police station area and duped him of cash and jewellery. The woman was seen taking away and cash and jewellery in the CCTV footage. However, the police have failed to nab the woman or other gang members.
Earlier on December 3, two women attended the marriage of engineer Yogesh Saxena’s son at a big hotel in Hazratganj police station area and duped him of cash and jewellery worth lakhs of rupees. Even in this case, the police did spot two women running away with cash and jewellery in the CCTV footage but has not been able to nab any.
Elaborating on the modus operandi, police officials said that most of the these gang members are from other states. After two to three incidents, the whole gang leaves the city. This one reason that despite most of the gang members being spotted in the CCTV footage have not been caught, the police said.
POINTS TO REMEMBER:
Beware of the strangers
Keep an eye on your belongings
Ensure that CCTV cameras are installed
Inform the police, if you spot any suspicious movement or person
There is a cash prize of Rs 50,000/- on the ringleader of the busted gang, Avinash