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Six held for robbing couples, 38 cases solved

PUNE: The crime branch of the Pune police has busted a six-member gang for robbing folks, basically couples, of their valuables through threatening or attacking them with sickles at isolated puts in various portions of the town.

“Following the interrogation of the gang individuals, we have managed to resolve 38 theft and decoity cases, which took place in 2018-19. We have also recovered stolen booty worth over Rs 17 lakh from them,” deputy commissioner of police (crime) Jyoti Priya Singh stated on Monday.

The police recognized the gang individuals as Hrishikesh alias Hukya Shrikant Gade (22), Gaurav Phadnis (27), Chand Shaikh (20), Ganesh Kamble (21), Suryakant Koli (23) and Tohit Kazi (28).

Singh stated the police were searching for Gade, a resident of Upper Indiranagar, for his alleged involvement in theft cases. “During the manhunt to trace and nab Gade, inspector Datta Chavan received a tip-off that Gade along with his five accomplices were preparing to rob a gas station close to Khadi Machine Chowk in Kondhwa on the evening of January 31,” she stated.

Acting on the data, the police laid a trap and took Gade and his accomplices into custody. “They had arrived at the gas station riding three motorbikes,” Singh stated.

When contacted, inspector Chavan told NewsTread that the gang individuals have admitted of committing 38 offences in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and the agricultural areas. “We have recovered gold and silver embellishes, 11 vehicles, two sickles, a brass knuckle, a rope and chilli powder from them. We hope to stumble on few extra cases right through the process the investigation,” he added

Chavan stated, “Gade is a prison on police data. His interrogation has also helped us in solving a dacoity case, through which Gade and others had looted Rs 47 lakh from a bank in Jejuri in 2016. He was once previous arrested in two homicide cases registered with the Kondhwa and Paud police stations. After he was once launched on bail, he shaped a gang along with his formative years buddies and began committing robberies for making fast dollars. Gade could also be associated with two extra gangs.”

The different individuals of the gang also have cases registered in opposition to them with other police stations. “They used to ride motorbikes and target folks, basically couples, at isolated puts within the city. Upon intercepting their victims, the pillion rider used to threaten or assault them with a sickle ahead of robbing them of their valuables,” Chavan added.

The police workforce liable for the arrests include Rajendra Bhorde, Santosh Mohite, Amjad Pathan, Samir Shaikh, among others.

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