Foreign dacoits have City police worried
ALARM BELLS are ringing in the Indore police hierarchy after it became clear that it was Bangladesh-based gangs who were behind the spate of dacoities in the City, and there was ample reason for the police to start worrying.Updated: Apr 06, 2006 15:00 IST
ALARM BELLS are ringing in the Indore police hierarchy after it became clear that it was Bangladesh-based gangs who were behind the spate of dacoities in the City, and there was ample reason for the police to start worrying.
Since this is the first time that the footprints of a Bangladeshi gang had been detected in any crime in Indore and for that matter the entire State, the Indore police had very little knowledge and experience about the modus operandi of the gang.
Dacoits brought to City from Delhi
FIVE MEMBERS of the gang responsible for the spate of dacoities in the City during the past several months were brought to Indore from Delhi on transit remand on Wednesday. The gang members have been identified as Hamid, Sultan, Iliyas, Munir and Nazul. All of them are in mid-twenties to thirties and are residents of Bangladesh.
The gang members had fired at the police party that had gone to arrest them from village Jonapur, near Mehrauli, and they have been charged under Section 307 of IPC in a case registered at Mehrauli police station. The gang members were also involved in eight cases of theft and loot in various police stations in Delhi.
When the police party went to raid the place where the gang members were staying, four of them managed to escape. Police have not been able to interrogate them properly, so the exact modus operandi of the gang here is yet to be established.
But, as officials of Indore police started investigating and got in touch with their counterparts in Delhi and Kolkata, the full picture of how dangerous these Bangladeshi gangs are became apparent.
The Delhi police are already fed up with these marauding Bangladeshi gangs. Their hand has been detected in no less than 50 dacoities, in and around Delhi, and in most cases they have been arrested. In fact, Delhi police have a thick dossier about the Bangladeshi gangs, which proved quite helpful to the Indore police during their investigation. The Delhi police have advised the City police to act swiftly against these gangs otherwise they would become a major source of headache for them in future.
According to information, the Bangladeshi gangs have been operating in Kolkata, Gujarat and Maharashtra, and what makes them very dangerous is the fact that due to the porous Indo-Bangladesh border it is very easy for these gang members to slip into India and return to Bangladesh whenever the Indian police are hot on their heels.
The modi operandi of these gangs are simple. After reaching the targeted city, they quickly take up rented rooms for the males and a separate room is taken for the female members. After committing the crime they hand over the valuables to female members and even if the males are caught, the valuable are by then somewhere else – in Indore also the gang had a female member called Shamli with them.
If they are not caught, they move to Bangladesh to dispose of the stolen goods and then return to India to start their criminal activities. Since the stolen goods are disposed in Bangladesh, it becomes very difficult for police to recover them.
The problem for the police is that it is very difficult for them to differentiate between the Hindu and Muslim Bangladeshi, and almost all gang members are Muslim Bangladeshis.
Their looks, and even the language that they speak, is similar. Most of the Hindu Bangladeshis who came here or for that matter to Delhi after the 1971 war and settled down have over the years multiplied.
In fact during the course of the intensive checking that is going on in the City, the police have come across mainly Hindu Bangladeshi refugees who came to the city and most of them are peacefully plying their trade.
First Published: Apr 06, 2006 15:00 IST