Delhi: Five-star hotel staff arrested for 15 Saket kidnapping offenses



A 35-year-old chief of a large five-star hotel has been arrested by the police in the southern district for committing around 15 kidnapping offenses in several neighborhoods in southern Delhi. The police also arrested a jeweler, who bought him torn off chains.

Deputy Police Commissioner (Southern District) Atul Kumar Thakur said the defendants were identified as Harish Chauhan, the chief, and Rajender Aggarwal (60), the jeweler. “After graduating from Delhi University’s South Campus in 2006, Harish completed a three-year hotel management course at Pusa and started working as a chef at IGI Airport Oberoi. But two years ago, he started playing through online apps and lost money, which got him in huge debt, ”he said.

“To pay off his debts, he decided to snatch valuables from easy targets in the morning and evening near Saket metro station and Ambedkar Nagar bus stop on MB Road. He is quick-witted with a slim build and short like a trained athlete. These qualities made him a notorious and desperate thief, like a wolf, and he operated on his own, ”Thakur said.

Thakur said there have been several reported incidents of theft by a “lone wolf” thief, mainly targeting women who walk in the morning on their way home from the office at night. “We have formed a team led by Inspector Atul Tyagi and Sub-Inspector Sanjay Singh. Our team scanned 200 CCTV footage from the past two months and obtained crucial leads. We also got information from Harish that he carried a pistol with him. We set a trap on MB’s road and stopped him when he came. He tried to pull out his pistol, but we overpowered him, ”he said.

During questioning, he revealed that he had sold three torn gold chains to Aggarwal, who runs his jewelry store in the Neb Sarai area. “We have so far resolved 15 cases after arresting him and further investigations are ongoing,” Thakur said.


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