Bangla nationals held

The gang had used a crude bomb and lethal weapons to threaten the residents of the house.

Disclosing this, City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said jewellery worth about Rs 67 lakh have been recovered following investigations into other cases in which the gang of Bangladeshi immigrants were involved.

The Bangladeshis attacked the house on the night of June 30 2009. The victim, Aruna, and her other family members were threatened by the robbers. Five mangalsutra gold chains, five other necklaces, 11 gold rings, a bracelet and a mobile phone were forcibly taken away from them. The gang fled with their loot of 530 grams of gold worth Rs 9 lakh.

A special team of the City police traced the mobile phone numbers of the Bangladeshis, and eventually the Varathur police team zeroed in on the culprits, including Mohammed Bilayat Hussein (26), Saidullah (30), Kabir (30), Mohammed Hassan (26), Mohammed Altaf (27) and Mohammed Zakir Mallik. Two more gang members are absconding and are believed to have left the borders of the State.

“We will be able to catch the culprits once we ascertain their actual names,” said a police official. All of the gang members were found to be illegal immigrants from the neighbouring country. “The gang members were working as labourers in the City after coming from Bangaldesh by paying some mediators to fly them into India,” said the official. Setting up temporary sheds on vacant lands, the gang were identifying isolated homes as targets.

Bidari said all laws, including the Foreigners Act and the Passport Act, will be considered to press charges against the accused. The Bangalore Police has applied Section 14 of the Foreigners Act to arrest the Bangladeshis.

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