Hyderabad: Meticulous planning and well-coordinated implementation was what made the Ramji gang notorious. Based in Ramji Nagar in Tiruchirapalli of Tamil Nadu, the Ramji gang exhibited the same planning and coordination when they pulled off a Rs 58.9 lakh heist after diverting the attention of the staff on an ATM cash van in Vanasthalipuram in May this year.
“They plan meticulously and mostly target people who are alone. They are professionals and are very well coordinated. From diverting the attention of their target to shifting the cash and other valuables, they are very well planned,” said Mahesh M Bhagwat, Commissioner, Rachakonda Police, while announcing the arrest of four Ramji gang members here on Wednesday.
Deepak, the gang leader was involved in four cases including two in Visakhapatnam, and one each in Vanasthalipuram and in Ramji Nagar in Tamil Nadu. He used to commit theft of bags and valuables from vehicles. His associate, Satyaraj, was involved in several cases including a drug and attention diversion case.
“In May at Vanasthalipuram, they had diverted the attention of the security officer saying they had dropped some cash on the road in the process of cash dispensing. When he got down from the cash van to pick up the cash, the gang members opened the door of the vehicle and decamped with the cash,” Bhagwat said.
Following a complaint from Shaik Mohammed, a custodian with Writer Safe Guard Private Limited, Begumpet, the Vanasthalipuram police booked a case. “A special team was formed and inputs about criminals using a similar modus operandi was gathered. It was learnt that members of the Ramji gang might be involved as they follow this modus operandi,” the Commissioner said, adding that teams from here proceeded to Tiruchirapalli and collected information about the gang with the help of the local police.
Following a tip-off, the gang was caught while moving in a car at Auto Nagar in L B Nagar in the wee hours of Wednesday. Cash, car and other material was recovered. Officials said efforts were on to nab 10 other gang members who were absconding.
Be cautious, police advise people
The Rachakonda Police issued an advisory to citizens cautioning against inter-State attention diversion gangs moving in the city and their modus operandi
Types of modus operandi
Divert attention of target by dropping a few currency notes before decamping with valuables
Sprinkling itching powder on the victim or engaging them in verbal communication, diverting their attention and fleeing with valuables
As salespersons bringing exciting offers, discounts at your doorsteps and loot women at knifepoint, especially homemakers
Cheating by exhibiting fake gold ornaments and looting original gold ornaments
People have also been advised to be more attentive during cash transactions in banks and at ATMs