Gang steals gold worth `3 lakh, as­saults se­cu­rity guard in Kalyan

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sajana Nam­biar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KALYAN: A gang of eight to 10 men broke into a hous­ing so­ci­ety in Kalyan (West) on Thurs­day morn­ing and stole gold jew­ellery worth Rs3 lakh from two flats.

On their way back, the men, re­ferred by the po­lice as the ‘chaddi baniyan gang’, as­saulted the se­cu­rity guard who tried to stop them.

The guard sus­tained se­vere in­juries and has been ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the men, all dressed in vests and briefs, en­tered the Sar­vo­daya Sa­gar So­ci­ety near Pa­tri Pool Bridge at 3.45am. While they man­aged to steal from two flats in the sev­enth build­ing, they could not take any­thing from the third flat.

How­ever, the gang locked the other flats from out­side so none of the res­i­dents could come out of their rooms.

When the se­cu­rity guard, Inaa­mud­din Shaikh, 65, tried to stop them, they as­saulted him with a stone.

The en­tire in­ci­dent was caught by the closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­era in­stalled in the so­ci­ety.

The Bazar­peth po­lice sta­tion is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

“We have reg­is­tered a case and are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent. We have seized the 30-minute CCTV footage that cap­tured how the gang en­tered the build­ing and looted the flats and as­saulted the guard,” said se­nior in­spec­tor of Bazar­peth po­lice sta­tion Dilip Surya­van­shi.

On De­cem­ber 2, 2015, a sim­i­lar CCTV footage from Su­dama Com­plex in Dom­bivli re­vealed a sim­i­lar gang steal­ing from some of the flats around 3am.

Surya­van­shi said, “We will keep a watch on such groups and try to trace the ac­cused and ar­rest them. They nor­mally en­ter houses dur­ing early morn­ing hours when res­i­dents are asleep. They also carry sharp weapons along with them to at­tack any­one op­pos­ing them.”

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