There is something extraordinary about their modus operandi. They trap their potential targets by drawing their attention to a paltry sum, which is appropriately dropped close to their vehicle and works as a bait, to help them make way with a major amount, often cash and valuables.
Members of South India-based Nadar gang, who are suspected to be involved in several cases of theft in the city in the last few months, however, are still on the run.
They recently targeted a 47-year-old woman at Ghatkopar on March 19, asked her to check a Rs10 note lying near her car and while she did so, they fled with her bag containing diamond jewellery worth Rs9 lakh. These men had robbed two men, who were waiting outside an ATM at LJ Road, Mahim, in September last year, wherein they fled away with a bag containing Rs19 lakh.
Those travelling in a four-wheeler, carrying cash and valuables are their easy target.
These men have been targeting jewellery stores in city too. The police suspect Nadar gang members to be involved in the high-profile robbery at BB Jewellers at Pant Nagar on March 10, where the accused injured a policeman and a security guard, before fleeing with valuables worth Rs8 lakh.
An investigating officer said, “There have been several cases in the past few months wherein victims — especially those travelling in four-wheelers and carrying cash and valuables — have been robbed using a similar modus operandi.” No arrests have been made in both the cases.
Assistant police inspector KM Kasar from Pant Nagar police station said, “We suspect the role of a south Indian gang in the Rs 8-lakh heist at the Ghatkopar jewellery shop. Investigations are on in the case.”