Bangladeshi im­mi­grants on cops’ radar for rob­beries

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - LUCKNOW -

LUC­KNOW: For the last three months, the city po­lice are track­ing a gang of il­le­gal Bangladeshi im­mi­grants sus­pected to be be­hind mul­ti­ple house rob­beries in Luc­know and other dis­tricts as well as states.

Sources said some of the gang’s fa­cil­i­ta­tors in Luc­know and Kan­pur are on their con­tin­u­ous radar, but they are un­able to ar­rest them in the ab­sence of proper ev­i­dences.

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial ad­mit­ted that a team led by a su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP), Anurag Vats has been prob­ing four house rob­beries re­ported in Gomti Na­gar and PGI ar­eas between May 8 and July 13. He said the team also man­aged to find out the gang’s de­tails and move­ment in Luc­know, Kan­pur, and other parts of the state as well as the coun­try but failed to nail them.

The of­fi­cial said the po­lice team has even iden­ti­fied three per­sons in Luc­know in­clud­ing two lawyers and a sus­pected il­le­gal Bangladeshi im­mi­grant who were in reg­u­lar touch with the gang mem­bers.

He said the gang of­ten vis­its In­dia for 2-3 months and re­turns af­ter com­mit­ting mul­ti­ple rob­beries in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. He said it is very dif­fi­cult to track them as they as­sume dif­fer­ent iden­ti­ties ev­ery time and change mo­bile num­bers. More­over, the gang has its pre-paid lawyers in Luc­know to pro­vide them le­gal aid , he added.

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The of­fi­cial said Bangladeshi im­mi­grants move in group of 10-15 across the coun­try where they have their fa­cil­i­ta­tors. “Luc­know and Kan­pur is among their hot spots where they have mul­ti­ple fa­cil­i­ta­tors like ad­vo­cates, slum dwellers, ho­tel own­ers and e-rick­shaw pullers,” he said.

The of­fi­cial said the gang mem­bers’ mo­bile lo­ca­tions and move­ment sug­gested that they were in touch with some slum dwellers, also sus­pected to be Bangladeshi im­mi­grants. He said th­ese slum dwellers worked as do­mes­tic helps, e-rick­shaw pullers, and rag pick­ers so they eas­ily man­age to col­lect in­for­ma­tion about fam­i­lies stay­ing in dif­fer­ent colonies.

The gang zero-in on their tar­get houses af­ter analysing the fam­i­lies’ fi­nan­cial back­ground and pos­si­bil­ity of find­ing valu­ables, he added. The gang travel on e-rick­shaws dur­ing night hours to dodge the po­lice . Their favourite tar­gets are colonies close to Sha­heed Path stretch from Gomti Na­gar to Ashi­ana via PGI.

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