Three Nepalese held for robbing Nerul builder’s house of Rs 88 lakh
VASHI: A gang of three Nepalese people were arrested by the NRI Seawoods coastal police for house breaking and theft of cash worth Rs70 lakh and jewellery worth Rs17.50 lakh.
According to the police, the gang has several cases against them in various states of the country.
On November 14 this year, developer Shekhar Tandel, 36, a resident of Sector 16, Karave village of Nerul, had gone to visit Mahableshwar with his family.
He had complained t hat during his absence between November 14 and 18, unidentified men had broken into his house through the kitchen window and had stolen the cash and jewellery.
The accused had used a ladder to reach the first floor window of the flat.
Since there were no CCTV cameras in housing society or any security guards, the police could not investigate the case.
Deputy commissioner of police Shahji Umap said, “We learnt that on November 15, 25-year-old Rajesh Saha, a security guard hailing from Nepal and deployed at a neighbouring housing society, had around three friends visiting him.”
The team kept a watch on the watchman, who resided in Sector 36, Seawoods.
On December 3, Rajesh left his house and went to Mira Road with a bag that he later left with an unidentified person.
Umap said, “The duo was questioned. We learnt that the other person was Devsingh Thakuria, 37, a resident of Mira road, who too hailed from Nepal. A search of the bag revealed Rs15,13,550 in cash. They had no proper explanation for the possession of such a large amount of cash.”
The duo was then detained by the police.
Following sustained interrogation, the duo confessed to the crime. They also revealed the involvement of their accomplices Dilu Owji, Jay Owji, Ramesh Saha, Ganesh Saha, all hailing from Nepal. The police have arrested Ganesh Saha, 28, who stayed with Rajesh.
A team was sent to Nepal for further investigation.
“We also recovered Rs9.95 lakh in cash and 200 gms of gold jewellery from Rajesh. A total of Rs30,08,550 worth of cash and jewellery has been recovered,” said Umap.
Police investigations have revealed that Thakuria has a murder case against him in Nepal. He has also been involved in house breaking cases in Ludhiana, Mumbai, Surat and other regions of the country.
“We have decided to award the police team with Rs 15,000 for solving the case,” said Umap.