Hyderabad: Five members of the notorious ‘Kanjar Kherva’, an interstate gang involved in theft of gold ornaments, cash and other valuables from passengers travelling in buses was arrested by the Special Operations Team, Shamshabad here on Thursday. The officials seized 800 grams gold pertaining to nine cases and a car used by them for committing the offences.
They gang was involved in cases in Cyberabad, Rachakonda, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Mahabubnagar in Telangana besides nine other States.
The arrested persons were identified as Mohammed Haider Ali Khasham Multhani, Sikhender Razaq, Mohsin Khan, Mohammed Thayyub Khan and Afsar Khan, all residents of Madhya Pradesh.
The gang hails from a hamlet in Dhar District in Madhya Pradesh where about 60 persons have criminal background and are habitual offenders. They have a history of committing theft of gold, cash and other valuables from passengers travelling in long route buses
“They are notorious and aggressive criminals. Many of the residents of this settlement are wanted by the police in different States. They do not allow police from other states to enter their hamlet to arrest them. There are instances where they had attacked police officials, when they tried to nab them. Almost all the criminals of this hamlet own sedan cars and costly houses,” said Cyberabad Police Commissioner V.C.Sajjanar.
According to the police, the gang travel in cars and stay put at dhabas and restaurants along the highway where long route buses halt for refreshment, lunch and dinner as per their schedule. They sneak into the buses, when the passengers are out and check for valuables and flick them. They flee the spot in their cars, but from another route to avoid being traced.
“They commit offences in the same manner in three or four routes in each trip and return to their native place. Over a period of time, they have amassed huge wealth and are leading a lavish life,” Sajjanar said.
The SOT police visited Indore in Madhya Pradesh and with the help of local sources identified the hamlet and after constant surveillance, nabbed the suspects here in the city near Kukatpally Bus Stop.