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6 Pardhis tribals accused of stealing 82 kg silver in TN arrested in Ujjain

A six-member gang from the Pardhis tribe in Madhya Pradesh which allegedly looted a jewellery store in Tamil Nadu, was arrested in Ujjain after it left a calling card - the tribe’s love of silver.

india Updated: Jul 09, 2017 09:48 IST
Shruti Tomar
Police in Ujjain arrested six alleged thieves from the Pardhis community who broke into a  jewellery store in Tamil Nadu’s Airyalur in May and stole 82 kg of silver.
Police in Ujjain arrested six alleged thieves from the Pardhis community who broke into a jewellery store in Tamil Nadu’s Airyalur in May and stole 82 kg of silver.

The Pardhis tribe’s fascination for silver ornaments helped the Madhya Police nab six alleged thieves from the community in Ujjain on Friday after they had looted 82 kilograms of silver from a jewellery shop 1800 km away in Tamil Nadu’s Airyalur on May 27.

The six-member gang also stole 150 gm gold in the heist and returned to Ujjain.

Initially flummoxed by the thieves’ preference for silver, the Tamil Nadu police found that the Pardhis tribe in Madhya Pradesh is known for its love of silver. Criminals from the tribe concentrate more on stealing silver whenever they rob a shop or a house.

For the Pardhis, silver is a sign of luck as the idols of their deities are made of silver.

“They feel themselves wealthy and safe from all kinds of trouble in their lives if they have at least one ornament or bullion of silver,” Shibani, an activist who has been working for the uplift of the community told HT.

After learning about the Pardhis, the Tamil Nadu police contacted their Madhya Pradesh counterparts. After a brief probe, the MP police located the accused in Ujjain and arrested them on Friday. Police seized some ornaments from their possession.

Ujjain additional superintendent of police Rajesh Sahay said, “The thieves from Pardhi community have a fixed modus operandi and as silver is held pious in their community, they give preference to stealing silver jewelry.”

Sahay said the trend of stealing silver ornaments over gold was witnessed in more than two dozen cases of robberies by Pardhi community in the past few years.

He said the gang probably thought that they wouldn’t be caught because the secne of crime was far away but it was their love for silver that helped the police to crack the case.