Indian police arrest ‘Robin Hood’ thief in New Delhi

Police in India’s capital, Delhi, said on Monday they had arrested a “Robin Hood” gang leader of 25 merry men who robbed the rich and gave some – but not all – of the profits to the poor.

Wasim Akram, 27, aka Lambu (“Lofty”) and his outfit robbed “big houses in uptown Delhi,” stealing money and jewelry and giving some of the loot to financially deprived people, said said the police.

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“Because of this trait, he has many followers in the region. These sources are giving him immediate information on police movements to enable him to escape,” Delhi police said in a statement on Sunday.

The “notorious fugitive history leafter” – an Indian English term meaning a habitual criminal – changed hiding places frequently in several Indian states, the statement said.

With 160 crimes under his belt, including robbery, attempted murder and rape, a special cell tracking Akram over the past four months finally arrested him on Friday.

“A team led by (Inspector) Shiv Kumar was formed and a trap was set near Anand Vihar station from where Wasim was caught,” the police statement said.

“A single-shot pistol with 3 live rounds was recovered from his possession at the time of the arrest,” he said.

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