With the arrest of four Bangladeshi youth, Madhya Pradesh police on Friday claimed to have achieved a major breakthrough in the spate of robberies that have occurred in the state capital and other major cities in the past four months.
"One of the men was arrested from Dewas town on Wednesday. On his interrogation, three others were nabbed from the station area in Bhopal the following day," said Sanjeev Kumar Singh, inspector general, Bhopal Range.
Though the arrested men have confessed to committing robberies in Indore, police feel that they were involved in all the recent robberies in the state in the light of their modus operandi.
The four belong to Bangladesh and would return to Kolkata after committing crimes in Bhopal and other cities. The men have been booked under the Passports Act as they were found to be staying in the country illegally.
With the arrests, police claim they could be close to cracking six robberies in Bhopal, three in Ujjain and one each in Dewas and Indore since June.
"Police teams have been sent to various parts of the country to nab other members of the gang, believed to be around 15," Singh said.
A Bangladeshi youth, Habib, alias Mota was picked up for interrogation in connection with a robbery in Indore two days ago.
Armed robberies have been rare in Bhopal with just one such incident each reported in 2002 and 2003, two in 2004 and five in the entire 2005.
The armed robbers have committed five robberies in a span of 30 days in July alone in the Capital.
In all the cases, five or six armed people would enter the houses in the wee hours by removing a window grill, wake up the residents and ask them for the cupboard keys at knife point. They would then lock all the family members in a room or bathroom and decamp with cash and jewellery. However, the men avoided bloodshed and have been respectful unlike other criminal.