The Task Force police today arrested the ring leader of a notorious attention-diversion gang and recovered 500 grams gold from the accused. The accused Tanveer Hussain Ali, 48 is a native of Bidar in Karnataka and was living in Beed in Maharastra state. When the accused was moving under suspicious circumstances at General Bazar, Secunderabad, the police arrested him today.
Once he was cornered, Tanveer spilled the beans about his eight-member gang and its modus operandi.
He confessed to eight offences along with his associates of diverting attention and conning people by posing as police. The accused confessed that his gang committed three offences in the limits of Market Police station, three offences in the limits of Charminar police limits and one offence in the limits of Sultan Bazar police limits. Tanveer further revealed that the gang members were natives Bidar and Mumbai.
“The gang targeted gullible persons whom they would intercept by acting like Police/Custom/Bomb Squad/Crime Branch Officials in mufti.
Then, the victim would be led to another gang member who on the the pretext of frisking for drugs/gold/money would check the bag and the pockets of the person and after diverting attention, steal money or ornaments,” said B Limba Reddy, Deputy commissioner of Police (DCP) Task Force. The other members of the gang are Qasim Ali, Gulam Ali, Naqi Ali, Nazeer Hussain Azeez Ali, Sartaj Hussain Ali and Jaffar Humayun.