In an encounter, Lucknow police hunted down 3 Bangladeshi infiltrators for their involvement in various robberies in UP, Delhi & Madhya Pradesh. Sheikh Rubel, Alam alias Alameen and Rabiul were arrested on October 10 from Lucknow.
The gang had most recently stolen lakhs from the residence of a retired professor Hriday Narayan Rai and his wife in Rohaniya of Varanasi district, after holding the aged couple hostage.
These dacoits are from the Khulna district in Bangladesh. Reports suggested that they entered Bharat via 24 Parganas in West Bengal after crossing rivers and having paid Rs. 5000 each. The 11-member gang operates under a Hamza, who along with other members managed to escape. However, Hamza was killed in an encounter with Lucknow police yesterday.
These criminals have dozens of cases registered against them. Media reports suggest that this gang is behind 9 dacoities spread over six years, just in Lucknow. Havens of such illegal Bangladeshis are being monitored.
The gang struck the retired professor from Rohtak’s house on September 25. Having removed the grills of the house they entered, tied up the elderly couple and looted at will. The professor later told the police that the robbers took away property and cash worth lakhs.
Lucknow Police Commissioner Dhruv Kant Thakur said that the gang was out to commit another dacoity when the encounter took place with a police patrol party near Lucknow. DCP East Sanjeev Suman said that the gang was spotted and asked to stop. They chose to open fire and run and in retaliatory fire 2 sustained bullet injuries.
Having crossed over illegally into Bharat on the September 20, the criminals took care to avoid detection and moved towards cities using only passenger trains. Every year, they would illegally enter Bharat at the onset of the winter season to conduct robberies.
The criminals surveyed areas and kept in touch using walkie-talkies avoiding mobile phones. They hung around residential colonies situated close to railway lines posing as scrap collectors, tea vendors and hawkers, in order to recce potential targets.
Ultimately they would strike, loot and escape along the railway lines. Cutting tools were used and they carried country-made pistols. They could scale 15-foot walls with ease and make their victims hostages. Whoever resisted was beaten up badly. The loot was then despatched via an accomplice back to Bangladesh immediately, by train.
Rural SP Amit Verma said that the interrogation of those arrested revealed the identity and names of the rest of the accused. Teams have been dispatched to find them. Information about who helps them cross the border is also being verified.
The porous borders of West Bengal and corrupt officials are helping such criminals enter and leave Bharat with ease. 10 Bangladeshi nationals were nabbed by the BSF jawans from different places in the North 24 Parganas district of Bengal on just the 12th of this month. How many slip through undetected is anyone’s guess.