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Police dragnet for Bangladeshis

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 17:03 IST

POLICE OF four districts – Bhopal, Ujjain, Dewas and now Indore - are frantically searching for the elusive Bangladeshi gangs who have spread terror by their midnight dacoities in at least 11 places in these districts since June this year. Indore police are convinced that Wednesday’s dacoity in Scheme No 78 is the handiwork of a Bangladeshi gang.

And they should know, for Indore has been a victim of these marauding gangs between December 2004 and February 2005, in which these gangs struck at seven places, before they were nabbed by Indore police with the help of Delhi Crime Branch.

At that time, they had given sleepless nights to the people of Indore and also the police, and the situation now in Bhopal,
Dewas, Ujjain is similar.

The entire police machinery is on tenterhooks, fearing where the gang would strike next. Police sources said that they believe that in the last five months, the Bangladeshi gangs have struck in at least six places in Bhopal – it started with Ayodhya Nagar in June and ended with dacoity at Vidya Nagar in the last week of September, and in between they targeted houses in Bairagarh, Vijay Nagar, Idgah Hills and Shahpura Sector B.

In Ujjain, in the last one month, the gang has struck thrice in Alkapuri, Arjun Nagar and Mahashewta Nagar, and before today’s dacoity in Indore, they had struck in Civil Lines, Dewas on Monday. Cops who are dealing with these cases said that the modus operandi in all these dacoity cases was similar.

The dacoits are generally polite if they do not face any resistance, (officers warn that if they face resistance then they even rape and murder the victims as has happened on a few occasion in Delhi region, where they used to operate earlier) and are interested only in cash, jewellery and electronic items.

Even if they take any vehicle to escape, they are later found abandoned – take today’s case, or at Dr Sharad Naik’s house in Mahashewta Nagar, or during earlier occasions in Indore. Most of the electronic items and jewellery are disposed in Bangladesh.

In fact, soon after committing the loot, one of the accused leaves for Bangladesh with the looted amount, cross the porous border with India with the help of middlemen and disposes off the goods. In most of the cases, they do not take the SIM card of mobile, just the instrument, but often insist that the literature be also supplied with the mobiles!

Their weapons are also typical  - they use what can be described as a large sickle, which can also be used to cut fish. In most of the dacoities in these districts the type of weapon used is also similar.

Another similarity is that they invariably take a house in one of slums in the City, and lie low for a few days after committing the crime, and after committing a few dacoities they leave the city.

When the Bangladeshi gangs (there were two operating in Indore, but in close coordination) were caught by Indore police, they have arrested five persons Hamid, Iliyas, Sultan, Nazmul and Munir. Of them Hamid was the main brain, but police could not arrest Lal Mohammad, Kamal, Dohlu and Rehan. Sources said that they had been traced to Bangladesh, and of them Lal Mohammad and Kamal are capable of operating their own gangs.