Telangana cops plan major crackdown on inter-state Tatlu Baaji gang

State police has identified several offenders hailing from 35 villages in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh who have committed crimes across Telangana.

Published: 22nd April 2017 05:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2017 05:25 AM   |  A+A-

One of the pictures sent by the accused to families of the abductee to seek ransom | express photo

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The Telangana police is learnt to have identified several offenders responsible for commission for various crimes in the state who hail from about 35 villages in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The police, learnt to be planning a major crackdown, believe that all the criminals living in these villages are armed and are most notorious.

During a recent major operation, the special team of Telangana police visited Devseras village in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh to nab dacoits involved in several cases in Hyderabad.

ACP Swati Lakra displaying gun used
by accused in Hyderabad | express photo

As the local police there was reluctant to extend assistance, senior officers of Uttar Pradesh were requested to intervene due to which the special team managed to nab six persons, including notorious dacoit Arshad alias Rahul Sharma (27) of Devseras village. He is the leader of around 25 gangs who was held along with five of his associates involved in five offences in Hyderabad.  

With the clues of CCTV footage, bank details, mobile numbers, the police zeroed in on Arshad at Kishangarh Bas in Alwal. Arshad and his gang members are spread across three states who keep changing locations to evade arrests.

“Arshad is the kingpin of the gang. He has been notorious since his early teens and continued to rob innocent people with various modus operandi. Arshad, who is a leader for over 100 dacoits was absconding since five years. He was wanted in a dacoity at Mathura, but he shifted operations to other states to avoid police vigil,” said a senior police officer from Telangana.

The officer shared that the special team identified total 25 gangs with over 100 offenders spread over 35 villages in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Almost all the offenders possess country made fire arms and live cartridges.  

The gangs are well trained in convincing people to visit their villages in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, on the pretext of offering business with huge amounts as revenue and then loot the public. The accused extract money at gun point by sending pictures of the victims to their family members and get the money deposited.

“In some cases, the victims were beaten very badly in such a way that they are now worried of even complaining. It was very tough for the special team to nab the accused, as the support from local police was not nifty and somehow the team managed and zeroed in on them,” said the officer.

“We have concrete evidences that each house in the Kishangarh Bas village and other neighbouring villages, have at least one Tapancha (country made fire arm). Many of them are involved in cases in Hyderabad and Telangana. Plans are underway to execute an operation with the help of senior cops of the three states to bring down the illegal activities of the Tatlu Baaji gang and arrest them,” the officer shared.


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