Robber trio posing as 'Smart City officers' nabbed

Robber trio posing as 'Smart City officers' nabbed

The trio (faces covered) who robbed people posing as Smart City officers nabbed by Tumakuru police, on Friday. DH photo.

The Tumakuru police have arrested a trio who, would enter the houses of elderly people and lone women posing as 'Smart City officials', and decamp with cash and jewelry. 

This gang of three men operated in different states of the country and robbed people in Tumakuru, Mysuru and Bengaluru. 

The trio have been identified as Ganesh of Ambur in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, D M Ramachandra of Bhadravathi in Shivamogga district and Faridullah Imtiaz of Pune in Maharashtra (orginally from Jallandar in Punjab) according to Superintendent of Police Dr Divya Gopinath

The trio, posing as Smart City officers, entered houses and robbed people in Kyatsandra, C S I Layout and Jayanagar in Tumakuru on a single day. 

The police have confiscated 500 gm gold, Rs 2.52 lakh cash and a bike from the accused. They were caught when their bike's number plate made the police suspicious. The bike was stolen from Vellore in Tamil Nadu.

Modus Operandi

Police said that Ganesh was the mastermind of the gang. He is fluent in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi. Their modus operandi was one wherein they would target the rich elderly and lone women. Ramachandra and Ganesh would take the lead and enter the victims' houses. 

Posing as 'Smart City' officers, they would knock on the door asking about the water supply and sewage connections to the house and then ask to be let in to 'check' the connections.

While the duo kept the inmates busy in 'checking' water and sewage connections, Imtiaz would slip into the house and take the cash and valuables, go out and wait for his gang mates. "The victims would realise that they have been robbed long after the crime," the SP added. 

24 cases against Ganesh

The SP said that there were 24 cases against prime accused Ganesh in Chennai and Ambur. There are three dacoity, theft and kidnapping cases against second accused Ramachandra. The trio did their planning in Bengaluru. 


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