UP: Wildlife photographer’s looted digital camera, lens price 5 lakh recovered, three held

Noida (UP), August 30

Gautam Buddh Nagar police on Sunday recovered the digital camera and lens price Rs 5 lakh that had been robbed from a wildlife photographer within the Dhanauri Wetlands on August 22 and arrested three college students concerned within the act, officers stated.

The accused are Class 12 college students and two of them are aged 18 whereas one in 19 and so they stay in adjoining Bulandshahr district, they stated.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Greater Noida, Vishal Pandey stated the accused had overpowered wildlife photographer Narinder Kohli and looted his digital camera, lens and different equipment at gunpoint on August 22.

Although, an image of the trio was captured in a car-mounted digital camera of the sufferer, the police officer stated the case was difficult because the accused had their faces lined and the one substantial lead they’d was their bike that had “Jat” inscribed on its entrance in pink and blue colors.

“The word ‘Jat’ was written on their TVS Apache motorcycle and we checked around 150 such bikes in the region, got registration details checked, among others,” Pandey informed reporters.

Multiple police groups engaged within the case carried out searches in close by villages and cities, together with in neighbouring district, however the breakthrough within the excessive profile case got here from Facebook.

“We were also monitoring social media, including Twitter and Facebook, among other platforms for a lead. We came across a picture on Facebook in which an Apache bike was seen with ‘Jat’ inscribed on its front side in red and blue colours,” Pandey stated.

“That is how the culprits were identified and traced. The bike and the firearm used in the crime have been recovered while 100 per cent recovery has been ensured in the form of the looted items—the camera, its lens and accessories,” he stated.

The accused have been recognized as Deepak, Pramod and Deependra. The bike belongs to Deepak, the officer stated.

The extra DCP stated Kohli, who had gone to the Dhanauri Wetlands to work on a documentary together with one other photographer, is a famend artist and Police Commissioner Alok Singh was additionally monitoring the case.

A reward of Rs 25,000 was additionally introduced resulting in the arrest of the culprits within the wake of the incident, he added.

Pandey stated the three college students from Bulandshahr had been visiting a pal of theirs in Dhanauri village for a birthday celebration and had already deliberate to rob somebody whereas going again.

“They knew that photographers with expensive cameras come to the Dhanauri Wetlands and had planned to rob someone, hoping to make some easy and quick money,” he stated.

“Three of them were at the crime scene while their fourth partner was part of the planning but not present at the site,” he added.

An FIR beneath Indian Penal Code part 394 (theft) has been lodged in opposition to them on the Dankaur police station and additional proceedings had been underway, the police stated. PTI


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