Thane cops arrest man who burgled 47 houses in 2 years

Accused visited houses on pretext of shortlisting candidates for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

mumbai Updated: Jun 20, 2018 20:09 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
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Thane police hand over gold to their rightful owners on Wednesday. (Praful Gangurde/HT)

Four people — three jewellers and a burglar — were arrested in the last week of May for cheating people by promising them houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The accused duped 47 people from Thane, Navi Mumbai and Palghar of ₹47.2 lakh in the past two years.

During investigation, police found that 37 cases were registered at 19 police stations. The accused were identified as Tukaram Lala Adsul, the burglar, and jewellers Narayansingh Dhansingh Kharwad alias Naresh, Rehmatsingh Bhorsingh Kharwad alias Ramesh and Karansingh Gangasingh Sisodiya, who is out on bail. Adsul would give the gold to jewellers to melt it. After receiving several complaints, Thane Police formed a team comprising local officers and personnel from anti-robbery cell to arrest the accused.

D Swamy, deputy commissioner of police (Zone -1), said, “We had been searching for the accused for the past several months. We have recovered gold, silver and cash worth ₹47.2 lakh from them. The first case was lodged at Kalwa police station in 2017 followed by Mumbra and Kalwa police stations. Probe is underway to find out if the accused are part of a bigger gang.”

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Mamta Kale, a resident of Balkum, said they were fooled by Adsul who stole gold jewellery worth ₹63,500 from their house.

“In March, a man visited our house saying he was doing a survey for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and was shortlisting underprivileged candidates who could benefit from the scheme. He took our phone numbers. The next day he called us to TMC office to meet officials and fill forms. He kept checking for our location, while he waited outside our house,” she added.

After confirming that the Kales were far away, Adsul visited their home and told their son that he had come to collect a few documents on their behalf. He then gained access to the locker keys and stole the jewellery.

“We were given a gold plate of the same amount, as the accused had melted the jewellery. After we lodged a complaint, police told us that keep calling on the number the accused had given. That’s how we discovered his plot of burgling another house in Kalyan. We immediately informed the police and averted the break-in,” Kale said.

Chaitali Sonawane, 29, shared a similar story and did said the accused stole gold and cash worth ₹2.2 lakh from her house by fooling her daughter into giving him keys to the locker.

Madhukar Pandey, joint commissioner of police, Thane, said, “The accused Adsul lured people, mostly from economically weaker background, with the chance of securing a house under Prime Minister Awas Yojana. He has committed 47 break-ins in the past two years.”

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 20:09 IST