Seven women pickpockets arrested in Delhi
May 14, 2007 - 6:24:20 PM

New Delhi, May 14 - Delhi Police have arrested seven women pickpockets who allegedly stole money and valuables from passengers in public buses in the capital.

The accused - identified as Priya, Vineta, Neha, Leela, Reena, Kanta and Kanchan - were arrested Sunday from a bus stand in Ashram area of south Delhi while they were trying to rob a woman passenger.

The arrest was made after the victim travelling in a Delhi Transport Cooperation - bus complained to police that her purse was stolen when she was alighting the bus. She raised the alarm on the spot and all the accused were nabbed immediately by a patrolling police team nearby.

'During interrogations it was revealed that all the accused were involved in pickpocketing for quite some time. They used to carry an infant with them while committing crime,' Deputy Commissioner Of Police Anil Shukla said Monday.

'They used to encircle their prey when he or she would be disembarking and then make the infant cry to divert the commuter's attention,' he explained.

He added that in some cases they hired babies from their localities for the purpose.

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