Dr.Thomas (Special Correspondent)
he Southeast division police on Saturday busted a gang operating in the BMTC buses and stealing valuables from the passengers.The police recovered 150 mobile phones worth Rs.25 lakh from the accused .
Additional Commissioner of Police East Division,M Chandrashekhar told reporters,Based on a pick pokcet complaint registered at Sudduguntepalya where cash of Rs.50,000 was picked from the pocket of a passenger of a BMTC bus.
As soon as the incident was reported immediately a special team was formed to track down the accused,a team led by DCP Southeast,CK Baba a team headed by ACP, Pratap Reddy and his team swung into action.
The team posing as passengers moved in buses and kept a watch on the suspicious activities for many days before zeroing in on the gang.
Explaining the modus Operandi,he said the accused Jaffar Sadiq,26 and his associate Syed Akhil,40,and Mohammed Jawad,35,who is presently on the run,used to move in crowded buses and target gullible passengers carrying mobile phones and valuables for the last six months .
Once they set the target, the accused would surround the victim making use of the crowd pick the valuables and passes it on to their associates who will get down soon before the victim realized that he had lost his valuables.
The accused who get down with the valuables soon get into the autorickshaw belonging to their associates who follow the bus .
The autorickshaw carrying the gang members soon reaches their associates who would buy the stolen valuables and the booty would be shares among the accused .
After carefully analyzing the Modus operandi of the accused the police arrested the accused Sadiq an Akhil along with Rahman Shariff, 42, Mushtaq Ahmed, 45, Imran Pasha, 34 and Shafiq Ahmed, 38, who were receivers of the stolen property.
There are six others who are part of the gang and presently on the run.Efforts are on to track down them,he said.
Finally Bengaluru Police Commissioner,CH Pratap Reddy has appreciated Addl CP East,M Chandrashekhar,DCP,Southeast,CK Baba,ACP,Mico-Layout Sub-Division,Pratap Reddy,PI,Maruthi G Nayak,PSI,as,Manjunath Swamy,and crime staff as,Chikka Venkatashetty V,Raghavendra,HV Prakash,Mehaboob Maniyar,Somanna,Suresh A P,Smt.Baby,Rudresh,Venu SB and others has been appreciated for the exemplary and meticulous investigation done by them in nabbing the pick pocketing gang and recovering the Stolen valuables from the gang a suitable reward will be given to whole team he added.