Telangana: Interstate gang arrested in Hyderabad for bus theft

All six hail from Uttar Pradesh and work in the garment sector and target passengers travelling by busses, the police said.

ByDeeksha Devadiga

Published Jun 11, 2022 | 3:47 PMUpdatedJul 25, 2022 | 4:52 PM

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The police, in the early hours of Friday, 10 June, arrested six people with stolen gold, silver, and cash worth ₹26.5 lakh.

The Rachakonda police in Hyderabad said the six people were part of an interstate gang of thieves and were nabbed at the in-gate of the Secunderabad Railway Station.

They were moving suspiciously and, when questioned, confessed to their crimes, including at least seven cases, the cops said.

The police have identified the accused as Ishaq (42), Mohd Gulshed (52), Mohd Juned Aalam (35), Abdul Ansar Ali (37), Riyasad (37), and Bablu Ahmad (32).

All six hail from Uttar Pradesh and work in the garment sector, the police said.

Modus operandi

According to the police, the gang would regularly travel by RTC and private buses on the pretext of the garment business.

They would target passengers’ travel bags and steal the valuables when people were distracted.

Ishaq, believed to be the organiser of such heists, would regularly change associates to avoid getting identified by the victims, according to the police.

These associates were paid anywhere between ₹2,000 and ₹5,000 to assist him during the theft.

After committing the crime, they would take shelter in a nearby lodge or rented rooms, and move out the next day to commit another offence, said the police.

Stolen items

The gang had more than half a kg of gold ornaments, more than 300 grams of silver ornaments, and net cash of ₹4.13 lakh on them when the arrests occurred.

The total value of the seizure was ₹26.5 lakh, said the police officials.

The cops have registered seven different cases under Section 379 (punishment for theft) of the IPC — a non-bailable offence — for each of the cases.