The police busted a smuggling business run by a couple from Delhi selling stolen phones in Nepal, four people detained
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The police busted a smuggling business run by a couple from Delhi selling stolen phones in Nepal, four people detained

The stolen phones were delivered to Nepal through the Bihar land border, police said, adding that as many as 53 cases have been registered against the accused.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Harsha Vardhan Mandava said his team laid a trap based on information that Arjun – who has 14 cases of attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery and theft on his record – was on his way to the New Delhi railway station in a car.

“The team intercepted a car and arrested Arjun and his wife Ruksar and recovered a loaded pistol and seven live cartridges and 150 stolen mobile phones,” the DCP said.

He also said that mastermind Arjun had roped in his friend Himanshu with the promise of “more profits in his business”. After their arrest, Arjun revealed that Himanshu was returning from Nepal in the Swatantrata Senani Express, which was boarded by Ghaziabad police to catch him. Investigators seized 25 of Himanshu’s phones.

“His wife and Himanshu actively assisted Arjun in the fraud and regularly traveled to Nepal to sell mobile phones. He further stated that Himanshu had sold 90 stolen mobile phones to Nepal 4-5 days ago. Today, he and his wife Ruksar were about to sell and deliver mobile phones from Paharganj to New Delhi railway station in their car, but were caught by a team near Ajmeri Gate,” the DCP said.

Himanshu’s arrest led investigators to another accused and a key player in this cross-border smuggling – Jagarnath Kumar Yadav from Madhubani in Bihar, who was another carrier of stolen phones from Bihar to Nepal via Boriya.

A senior police officer said Jagarnath took the help of Roshan Yadav, who is yet to be arrested. Yadav received a shipment of mobile phones from Arjun and Himanshu in his village of Boriya on the border with Nepal. “Roshan Yadav has not been arrested yet as he has the advantage of not coming under our jurisdiction. Investigation is ongoing,” the DCP said.

(edited by Tikla Basu)


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