More than a month after valuables worth Rs8lakh were robbed from a Ghatkopar-based jewellery shop, the Pant Nagar police arrested Kashi Devraj Mudliyar alias Kashinath, 27. Kashinath is one of the five members of the Nadar gang, who were suspected to be involved in this robbery.
The Hindustan Times had first reported on March 22, about the involvement of the Nadar gang.
Sanjay Shintre, deputy commissioner of police (Zone 7), said, “Mudliyar was arrested on the basis of the footage of close circuit television cameras at a jewellery stop in Vile Parle, where members of the Nadar gang had attempted a robbery few months ago. We are currently on the lookout for four other members of the gang.”
An officer privy to the investigation said, “All five members had separate roles assigned to them. Mudliyar was responsible for keeping stock of the jewellery after the other accused broke into the store. The gang members are not aware of each others’ residence and would only meet at a pre-decided venue, strike, and go their separate ways after sharing the booty.”
The police suspect this gang was responsible for housebreak-ins and robberies in 2011.
Mudaliyar’s accomplices, who are currently on the run, have also been identified as Shankar, Krishna, Rammurthy and Kerala.
Based on the CCTV footage, the police first questioned one Anna Nadar, known to be closely associated with the Nadar gang.
“We were lucky to get hold of Nadar, as one of the six wives whom he had married and later left, spilled the beans. Nadar further led us to Mudliyar, who was still in the city, while others had fled.”
The incident took place on March 10 when the accused broke the locks of the BB Jewellery store and fled with jewellery worth Rs8 lakh.
Ram Bhanudas Ravan, 60, the security guard of the building where the shop is located, who attempted to stop them was injured after the accused attacked him with an iron rod.
The accused also opened fire on two constables, who tried to stop them and injured one of the constables, Vikas Rajapure, who fractured his hand.
Mudaliyar has been remanded to police custody till April 27.