Beware of these fellow passengers, while travelling!

Beware of these fellow passengers, while travelling!

The City police have now unearthed a racket involving a gang, who stole valuables from travellers, by posing themselves as passengers. But this, as sources reveal, is just the tip of an iceberg.

Police are certain that some natives of Uttar Pradesh are involved in these acts. They get into buses, particularly luxury buses travelling during night time, and decamp with suitcases and bags that belong to other fellow travellers. 

Buses connecting the City with Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and other big cities are often targeted. Several gangs from Uttar Pradesh are reportedly operating in the City and they have special affinity for Volvo and other hi-tech private buses.

As police sources say, the gang members would dress attractively so as not to invite any undue attention. They would take up different seat numbers.

When all the passengers are asleep or drowsy, they would begin their operation.

Suitcases kept close to the luggage row would be targeted first. Duplicate keys are used to open the suitcases. Once the valuables are taken, the gang members go back to their seats and act as if everything is normal. The moment the bus reaches the destination, they get down and board another private vehicle, often pre-arranged.

Once this “executive team” completes its job, another gang is ready to dispose off the stolen goods. If stolen gold ornaments weigh more than 100 grams, a call is made to Uttar Pradesh. The receiver flies into the City, collects the loot and flies back. Jewellery less than that weight is often sold within the City, police sources say.

The Bangalore City west division police recently arrested 12 persons, all of whom were engaged in this well networked business.

“They not only travel from Bangalore to other cities. They would also target travellers from outside to Bangalore. In such cases, they alight at Yeshwanthpur, Yelahanka and other locations on the outskirts of the City,” explained a police officer who preferred

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