15:44 GMT27 February 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Three persons have been arrested in the Indian capital city of New Delhi for allegedly abducting and robbing Canadian-origin Indian Airlines pilot Mohammad Mehdi Mool nine days ago, police said.

    The accused - Mohammed Mehraj, Asif, and Farman - hail from Meerut city in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, police confirmed.

    Apart from solving the nine-day-old case of abduction and robbery, police also resolved four other robbery cases, Indian news channel Zee News quoted police as saying.

    A section of netizens appreciated Delhi Police for catching the alleged culprits and solving the case, with some suggesting they shouldn't be allowed bail. 

    ​The incident of abduction and robbery of the Canadian pilot occurred around midnight on 13 July. 

    Recalling the sequence of events leading up to the crime, Pilot Mool said he had just completed a flight and was waiting for a taxi to take him to his hotel.

    In his complaint to Airport Police, he said he had messaged requesting the taxi pick him up outside Terminal One of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. He was then directed to a pick-up point near the Indigo Airline counter. As he was getting into the cab, he was accosted by three youngsters who forced him to part with his ATM card. They then withdrew $1710 (Rs. 118,000) from his bank account and an additional $174 (Rs.12,000) that he had on his person.

    After holding him hostage for over two hours, the youngsters dropped him off at the airport's Terminal 3. He then filed a complaint with the Airport Police.


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