Friday, January 3, 2014

India: Suspect Who Drugged, Robbed Foreigners at Red Fort Arrested

According to The Times of India, an Indian national who made it a practice of drugging and robbing foreigners visiting the Red Fort over the last two weeks has been arrested.

The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperors of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. Open to the public, it is located in the center of New Delhi of and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political center of Mughal government and the setting for events critically impacting the region.

The accused, Ayaz Ahmed Rahmani, age unknown, is originally from Darbhanga, Bihar, and resides in Kalindi Kunj, according to the police.

COMMENT: On December 20, Rahmani had robbed a Japanese tourist, Aya Amada, age unknown. According to Amada's complaint, the man had introduced himself as an amateur photographer and had befriended her.

After exiting the Fort, the man offered Amada some snacks and coffee. Soon, Amada started feeling drowsy. When she gained consciousness, she found Yen 20,000 ($190), Rs 1,000 ($16), a camera, a tablet charger and a credit card missing from her bag. Subsequently, police enhanced patrols at the Red Fort.

On December 29, police caught Rahmani while he was trying to pickpocket a tourist's wallet. On searching him, 16 tablets were found in his possession. Rahmani confessed that he had bought the sedatives from another confederate to drug tourists. Further investigation revealed that it was Rahmani who had drugged the Japanese tourist.

As a matter of interest for our readers, according to the US Department of State's four-tier threat assessment for crime, New Delhi is designated as a HIGH-THREAT post, which is the second highest threat level on a descending scale of "Critical, High, Medium and Low" threat.