Cops nab 'all rounder' goons
Almost 50 cases were pending against this multi-talented Kurla quartet
Cops from the Mumbai crime branch have nabbed a gang of incredibly versatile criminals from Kurla.
The members of the gang have been involved in a dizzying variety of crimes, about 50 in number, including murder, abduction, dacoities, robberies, vehicle thefts, and the conning of policemen.
The Satara police had declared a reward of Rs 10,000 a few weeks ago, for information that could help nab these multi-talented goons.
The four gang members Roy Siquera (32), Anuj Chaughule (22), Mohammad Mehmood Shaikh (27) and Deepak Singh (26) were arrested from Kurla (West), while they were planning a jewellery heist.
"I have not chanced upon such a team of multi-talented criminals in my 20 years in the police department. Just name the crime, and they have committed it at least once," an officer from the crime branch in Kurla said.
The gang was involved in murders at Mahableshwar, and Chhatarpur in UP. In Mumbai, they had committed a dacoity, stealing Rs 17 lakh from Bhagyashree Jewellers at Mulund.
They also kidnapped a Dongri businessman, and extorted a ransom of Rs two lakh. In another caper, they walked away with Rs 50 lakh from the office of a private firm in Kurla.
Several cases were pending against them for robberies, break-ins, thefts in the guise of cops, and vehicle thefts.
"Siquera, a resident of Vasai, was the gang leader, and has been arrested twice in the past," said a crime branch officer. All the accused were produced at the Esplanade court, and have been remanded in police custody.
Cops recovered three four-wheelers from the gang, including a Honda city, in addition to gold ornaments, a motorcycle, and a country-made revolver, which was the murder weapon used for the Chhatarpur murder.
"We have also recovered fake police IDs and driving licenses from them. The group used imported handcuffs while posing as cops. These too have been recovered from them," the crime branch officer added.