Burglary, extortion gang busted in Srinagar, 10 arrested: Police

Burglary, extortion gang busted in Srinagar, 10 arrested: Police

‘Gold worth Rs 22 lacs, combat dresses, dummy weapons, cash recovered’

Srinagar, Aug 24 (KNO): Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a gang in Srinagar by arresting 10 persons involved in burglary, extortion and impersonating as security forces by donning combat uniforms and dummy weapons.

A police spokesman in a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that on 05-05-2021, Police Station Parimpora received a written complaint from Muhammad Maqbool Bhat of Khawaja Bagh Maloora to the effect that during the intervening night some 6-8 unidentified gunmen wearing combat dress barged into his residential house and looted jewellery, cash and mobile phone.

“Accordingly, a case vide FIR number 107/2021 under relevant sections of law was registered and investigation taken up. Moreover, on 08-07-2021 another complainant Muhammad Rafiq Ahangar of Hokarsar Umerabad lodged a complaint to the effect that during the intervening night, some 4-6 unidentified gunmen wearing combat dresses entered into his house and looted jewellery and cash. In this regard, another case vide FIR number 203/2021 under relevant sections of law was registered and investigation taken up,” police said.

Accordingly, a special investigation team led by SHO PS Parimpora under the close supervision of SDPO West Jan Muzaffar and SP City West Perbeet Singh was constituted to probe, trace and arrest the accused involved in the commission of crime.

During the course of investigation, the officers taking assistance of modern techniques and leads from technical evidences learnt about the involvement of a gang of 10 accused persons identified as Tariq Ahmad Rather son of Ghulam Mohammad Rather of Tangpora A/P Khan Mohalla Pati Shalabugh, Barkat Husain son of Ghulam Rasool Hajam of Mirgund Pattan, Mohammad Yousuf Sheikh son of Abdul Rehman Sheikh of Khan Sahib Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmad Laway son of Mohammad Afzal Laway of Sutlan Pora Pattan, Manzoor Ahmad Waza son of Abdul Aziz Waza of Matipora Pattan, Altaf Ahmad Guroo son of Abdul Khaliq Guroo of Maloora, Farooq Ahmad Lone son of Abli Lone of Khan Sahib Budgam, Mohammad Maqbool Laway son of Ghulam Mohammad of Sultan Pora Pattan, Jan Muhammad Sheikh son of Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh of Raithan Check Budgam and Bilal Ahmad Kumar son of Sona Ullah Kumar of Sanoor Kalipora Magam Budgam.

Preliminary investigation also revealed that the burglars would first recce the suspected areas to find out the target houses invariably the ones where marriage ceremony would be scheduled in near future, police said.

“They had adopted a novel way in which they would don army camouflage uniform and enter into the houses with dummy pistols and assault rifles on the pretext of cordon and search. When they got ingress into the victim/target houses, they would lock the family in one room, snatch their mobile phones and during search, loot the valuable gold items and cash.”

Accordingly, the accused persons were arrested and during questioning they confessed about their involvement in the commission of crime.

Upon their disclosure, police parties raided different locations and successfully recovered gold items worth Rs 22 lacs, cash to the amount of Rs 3.30lacs and a vehicle worth Rs 2lacs purchased out of the stolen property.

Besides, camouflage uniforms, belts, boots and caps used to commit the crime along with 5 dummy AK-47, 4 dummy Pistols, iron rods were also recovered, police said, adding that further investigation into the matter is in progress—(KNO)

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