Belying the tall claims of an increased surveillance and checking in the wake of a murder on the Indore central jail premises, yet another mobile phone was found on Wednesday, this time from a member of the most dreaded gang of the region - Sunil Bhadoria.
Till now, half a dozen SIM cards have been recovered during the raids and checking. On Wednesday, crime branch raided the central jail and found a mobile phone from Pankaj Kharat, a member of Sunil Bhadoria gang. Sources said that the gang was operating in the region from the jail only.
Crime branch got a tip off that a member of the Bhadoria’s gang, Pankaj was threatening some businessmen of Indore for extortion and was also interfering in some land deals.
"Pankaj is an active member of the gang and used to provide logistics and other facilities to the gang in Indore before the arrest. He had threatened some people in Indore from a mobile phone, which was with him in jail," said ASP crime branch Dilip Soni.
Five members of the gang, including the mastermind, are lodged in the central jail after they were arrested in kidnapping case of a trader from Khandwa.
Bhadoria gang kidnapped Khandwa property broker Rajesh Jain from Indore in August 2013. Police rescued the trader from a three-storied building situated in Sector 3 of Faridabad.
Police have arrested four of the abductors (later Pankaj Kharat was also arrested) and recovered an AK-56, five hand grenades, four pistols, police uniforms, two wireless phones from their possession.
Sudhir Bhadoria is a resident of Agra but mainly operated in Indore in recent past. The other members of the gang are Haji Mohammad, resident of Shyam Nagar, Onkar Singh and Pradeep, both residents of Bulandshaher and Pankaj is in jail.
The gang was also wanted in Uttar Pradesh including a loot cases in Firozabad under Shikohabad police station and Lucknow. The gang was involved in the murder of a trader in Indore in 2007 but they were acquitted because all the witnesses in that case turned hostile.
"The modus operandi after committing the crime was to turn the witnesses hostile through various means. I have some information that they were planning to pressurise some witnesses in Khandwa kidnapping case to turn hostile," said a senior police official.
After their arrest in August 2013, during the course of interrogation, members of Bhadoria gang had revealed that they were targeting some of the bigwigs of Madhya Pradesh.