The Bandra police claims to have busted a gang and arrested five persons including two women, responsible for several robberies worth lakhs of rupees from Bandra and Borivali areas.
The arrested include the leader of the gang Nirmal Malla (24) and his accomplices along with Lakshmi Nepali alais bhabhi (33) and Kamla Nepali (36).
The police are on a look out for two persons, Chetan alias Jagdish Nepali and Premsingh alias Puran Nepali.
They have also detained a jeweller. If he is found to be a helper of the gang he would be arrested.
According to Sunil Ghosalkar, Police Inspector, Bandra Police (detection department) the gang including around seven to eight youth, who had migrated from Nepal had been operating from the last five years.
These youth used to make friends with the watchmen of posh societies, who belonged to their community. In order to seek the inside information of residents and their belongings they used to drink with him at times in the watchman quarters of the buildings.
After finalizing the apartment they decided to rob they tried to convince the watchmen to be a part of the robbery. If the watchman agreed they used to send a part of the loot to the watchman’s house after committing the act.
All he had to do was to turn a blind eye to the act and tell the police "he was sleeping at the time of robbery and is unaware of it". God forbid if the watchman turned out to a loyal man the gang used to mix a sleeping tablet in the watchman's drink and the watchman slept throughout their act.
After the burglary was through the gang used to split in two groups and flee with the heist.
Then in the wee hours they used to land up in Bandstand or Goregaon to take shelter in the houses of Lakshmi and Kamla till they flee back to Nepal with the stuff. Meanwhile the women along with their husbands went to local jewellers to sell the ornaments.
The gang members resurfaced after the matter cooled.
"The modus operandi of the gang is so perfect that till now they have been committing the act scot-free. On Monday, acting on the Diwali guidelines of the Commissioner of police, offence preventive patrolling nabbed Malla on suspect and recovered burglary weapons.
On interrogating him we found out that he was one of the wanted in a previous case-a gang had broken into eight shops in the Bandra Arcade mall in January this month.
On further questioning he accepted the crimes and also named his gang members.
After that the entire story was clear. We have arrested the gang under sections 454, 457, 380, (House breaking) 107 and 108 (helping the criminals) and 34 (common intension) of the IPC," said Ghosalkar.
"We have also found out that the gang has committed such offences in Malad, Kandivali and other suburbs so we have contacted the concerned police stations for details," he added.