Nagpur: Three gangsters from Nellore were arrested on 20th October by the LCB of Nagpur Police for their role in targeting the bank customers who had recently withdrawn cash in different parts of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Along with this, the tech-savvy gang has also communicated through Facebook Messenger to escape from the cyber specialist units of the police.
The three arrested persons have been identified as Raju Singhamshetty, Rajesh Goteti, and Anil Petla, while the other Vikram Salla is also absconding.
The local Crime Branch team of Assistant PI Rajeev Karmalwar led by SP Vijay Magar has also managed to trace the gang after committing a robbery in Ramtek on the date of 17 October. The gang robbed an elderly citizen about Rs 2 lakh in cash even after withdrawing the amount from a nationalized bank.
Seeing the gang on two bikes at one place also on CCTV in Ramtek, The police started following his own footage, which took him through Mansar, Pardi, Pawangaon, and Kalamana in the Pili Nadi area of Nagpur. And a senior officer also said, “The Local Crime Branch squad had started laying traps and traps at various places, Where the gang could suddenly attack before finally zeroing in on them at Tarsa near Kanhan.”
Police said on the basis of CCTV footage and interrogation
It is also learned that the gang, which is also likely to have stolen two bikes from Jalgaon and Buldhana, was caught due to the CCTV footage. “One of his bikes also had a sticker of Shivaji Maharaj, which is a fairly common feature in all the footage. Along with this, it has linked the gang to the crimes committed at many different places in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.” Said the soldier.
Police have also said on the basis of CCTV footage and interrogation that the gang has looted in Mouda, Bhandara, Tumsar, Saoner, Kanhan, Jalgaon, and Buldhana apart from Ramtek. The same gang has also raided Saunsar, Pandhurna, and Kotwali in the Chhindwada district of Madhya Pradesh.
This gang used to wait near the banks, some would enter inside and watch the customers withdrawing money. And they’d also chase after customers who had withdrawn huge amounts, either using force to get away with the bag or snatching it from the victim.