LUCKNOW: Chowk police on Thursday busted a pan-India gang whose members used to pose as cops and con elderly women out for morning walk.
Having carried out 11 conning in the last six months in Lucknow, the gang members followed a peculiar modus operandi of travelling to the target city on a tip off from the hired middleman, dupe women wearing jewellery posing as cops and then fleeing the city in different directions.


They used to come from places as far as Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, said cops while revealing that the gang used to select middlemen in different cities to look for areas where elderly women could be targeted.
After identifying areas, two gang members used to travel to the target city on a sports bike, park it on the railway station parking lot, collect a local bike from the middleman, commit conning and leave the city the same day.
Before the actual crime, the gang used to get an ID card in the name of local cops with insignia of the state police after using search engines to get the names of police officers posted in the target city.
Believed to be part of the notorious ‘Irani’ gang, the miscreants had targeted over 50 women across India in the last one year. The arrested persons have been identified as Sohail Zafri (28), Mohsin Khan (37), Salman Ali (29) all three of MP, Amzad Ali Rizvi (44) of Maharashtra, and Raj (28) of Maal in Lucknow, said ADCP West Zone Chiranjeev Nath Sinha, who worked out the case. An incident that took place in Chowk on August 23 provided clues, paving way for their arrest. “We got CCTV footage in which the image of the gang members was seen. Later, we recovered a sports bike bearing Maharashtra number,” said Sinha.
After spotting a potential target, one of them used to stop the victim and asked why she was wearing the ornaments. The miscreant then used to take the victim to his aide who posed himself as inspector of the Crime branch and then both used to trick the victim. The ADCP said the gang members used to keep a prepared sachet filled with stones which they handed over to the victim by playing tricks.

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