New Delhi, December 5th

Delhi police have arrested seven members, including two youths, of a band called “Band Baaja Baraat” who attended major weddings in the city without being invited and stealing, officials said on Friday.

The gang also used teenagers to steal at wedding ceremonies, they said, adding that they were also trained not to divulge other members’ names if caught.

During the wedding season, the gang would visit Delhi, NCR and other cities in northern India to commit theft from wedding venues, police said.

Police said the gang also “leased” children from villagers with a one-year contract for 10-12 rupees and used them to steal from these locations.

Five members of the gang were arrested while two youths were arrested on December 2 while leaving Delhi and traveling to their village in Madhya Pradesh.

The gang members come from a small village called Gulkheri in the Rajgarh district of the state.

Police said an investigation was opened after many incidents were reported about a specific gang who committed theft at wedding venues.

As part of the investigation, police formed a team that analyzed all available video footage of the wedding ceremonies where thefts occurred and used informers in prominent banquet halls, farmhouses and other venues to gather information about the suspects, Shibesh Singh said. Additional police commissioner (crime).

“The footage showed that the suspects spent a lot of time in the venues before the theft, to familiarize themselves with the guests.

“They dressed well, mingled with the guests, had dinner there, and patiently waited for the strike opportunity. In one quick step, they stole the gift bags with jewelry and cash and then quickly disappeared from the venue,” he said.

During the interrogation, the defendant announced that children between the ages of 9 and 15 are being “leased” to gangs like theirs in their villages by their parents, the police said.

The children will be leased for 10 to 12 lakh, depending on their ability, the official said.

“Once a child is hired, they are brought to Delhi and given a month of training on how to steal weddings and mingle with the people at the venue. They are told not to reveal their identities or that of their gang members . ” In case they are caught, “he said.

The arrested defendants were identified as Sandeep (26), Hansraj (21), Sant Kumar (32), Kishan (22) and Bishal (20).

The police said the arrest of the five defendants had solved eight cases of theft from wedding venues. Around 4 rupees in cash, jewelry and cell phones were recovered, the police said. PTI

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