Hyderabad: The Cyberabad Police on Wednesday arrested a nine-member gang of dacoits involved in seven cases and recovered material worth Rs 55 lakh including a firearm from them. Two receivers were also held.
The arrested persons were Pradeep Kushwaha from Kollur in Ranga Reddy district, Kuldeep from Hyderabad, Madhav Singh, Dharmender Singh, Sanjay and Satybhan Singh from Rajasthan, Nihal Singh, Shailendra Singh and Dharmendra Kumar from Uttar Pradesh. The receivers were identified as Manish Kumar from Rajasthan and G Vijay Kumar from New Hafeezpet.
All of them were electricians who had earlier worked together in Delhi. The kingpin Pradeep Kushwaha conspired to steal electrical material from construction sites in Hyderabad and shared his idea with his friends, who plotted to commit offences in a car and return to their native places. The gang would go on a recce of various construction sites in Shankarpally, Mokila, Kondakal, Narsingi, Mallampet and RC Puram under the guise of seeking employment. Simultaneously, they also looked out for nearby store rooms to conceal the stolen material and escaping routes too.
“Around midnight, they returned to the targeted sites armed with a pistol, sticks, ropes and other hand tools. They barged into the premises and if any security personnel stopped them, threatened with the firearm. They tied them up and fled with electrical material including wire, sockets, switch boards and pipes among others,” Cyberabad Police Commissioner, VC Sajjanar, said.
They stolen material was taken to their native places and sold in electrical shops and scrap shops. The gang was allegedly involved in similar offences in Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, officials said, adding that they were caught during a vehicle checking.
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