While investigating a case of loot-and-murder that took place in Waghodia earlier this year,the local crime branch sleuths busted a gang,comprising tribals and operating across the state with the help of local labourers. Four members of the gang were arrested in the process.
Police said the accused Suresh Mavi,Vinu Bhabhor,Sardar Bhabhor,and Babu alias Kanti Bhabhor were part of a gang of 15 members from Dahod. They said that the four have confessed to several counts of loot and property offences committed across Vadodara,Panchmahals,Narmada,Bharuch,Dahod and Ahmedabad districts. The accused were allegedly involved in 18 cases of house break-ins and 57 theft cases,including 23 in Vadodara district,four each in Vadodara and Surat cities,three each in Bharuch,Narmada,and Panchmahals districts,16 in Dahod district,and one in Kheda.
Vadodara (rural) SP Sandeep Singh said,The accused are part of a tribal gang,operating with the assistance of tribal labourers,who work across the state. The labourers provide them with information about the targets,after which Suresh Mavi and Kanti Bhabhor would conduct a recce of the place before hitting the scene.
They have admitted to committing 34 property offences,mostly in Vadodara rural,including those in Bodeli,Naswadi and Vaghodia. They were involved in a loot-and-murder case in Waghodia town on January 17,to which they have confessed. They have also confessed to their involvement in a case in Chhota Udepur,in which an elderly person was wounded. In yet another case,the assailants beat up the Tejgarh village sarpanch in Vadodara rural, Singh added.
Police were tipped-off about their whereabouts when they were travelling on a white Maruti car,and driving towards Vadodara from Dahod via Godhra and Halol. They laid a net and nabbed them. A local-made pistol,two cartridges,an iron rod,and four mobile phones have also been recovered from their possession.
The police have also arrested a jeweler from Dahod,Sanjay Soni,who received jewellery worth Rs 1.4 lakh looted from a Waghodia couple who were murdered earlier this year. Police are also looking for two more jewellers in this connection.