Hyderabad: CCTV cameras installed in the surroundings of the Jubilee bus station helped the police nab a Haryana-based two-member interstate attention diversion gang. The gang robbed passengers in crowded buses, bus stations, railway stations and other crowded places.
The police recovered 58 tolas of gold from the gang, which was involved in nine attention diversion cases in north zone. Five other members of the gang are absconding. TSRTC employee Prasanna helped the police to identify the accused through CCTV footages.
North Zone DCP N. Prakash Reddy said the arrested persons Phool Singh and Surender Singh belong to Haryana and are working as daily wage labourers. Once in a month, the gang travels from Haryana to Hyderabad via Delhi, Nanded, Nagpur, Solapur, Lucknow and Bhopal.
“On the way they commit crimes on trains and buses. They get in as passengers, pretend to help passengers and after winning their confidence they cut open bags using small metal instruments,” he said.
The duo were earlier arrested on January 29 and they confessed a theft of 10 tola gold jewellery in north zone. They were remanded and police sought their custody for further investigation.
“They confessed committing offences in Marredpally, Gopalapuram and Market police station areas and 48 tolas of gold were recovered from their residences in Haryana,” the DCP added.
Police also found that Phool Singh has a criminal background and was earlier arrested in Rajamahendravaram, Vizag, Chennai, Faizabad and Patiala.
The gang is involved in five cases in Marredpally police station and two each at Gopalapuram and Market police station areas.
The other members of the gang Ramveer Vidlu, Bajrang, Kuldeep Vinod, Rampal Biddu and one more person are absconding.