The Tamil Nadu police on Sunday arrested a notorious ten-member gang of robbers from Madhya Pradesh in connection with a daring break-in Nanganallur in suburban Chennai last Friday.
The gang, belonging to notorious Bawariya gang, was nabbed by the Railway Protection Force in Ujjain station following a tipoff given from the Tamil Nadu police on the basis of CCTV footages got from the Chennai Central Station.
The RPF recovered from the gang 200 sovereigns of gold and cash and alerted the Tamil Nadu police which flew a special team to Ujjain to bring them back. While key members are likely to be brought to Chennai by air, the others may be brought in a van.
The gang allegedly decamped with 120 sovereigns of gold and Rs 1 lakh from a locked house in Nanganallur on Friday afternoon .The gang broke into the house shortly after owner Ramesh, a businessman, left for Sabarimala and his wife Komalavalli took children for an outing to the museum.
On return, she found the house had been broken into and two bureaus emptied of jewels and cash. She lodged a complaint with the Palavanthangal police which found from the CCTV camera footages that two north Indians were seen roaming in the area. The police zeroed in on the Bawariya gang on the basis of crime records as they were involved in dacoities and murders in residential areas near the national highway between 1995 and 2006.
The Bawariyas are natives of Rajasthan and have now spread to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Uttarakhand. It is a nomadic community and denotified criminal tribes.
A Tamil film Theeran Adhigaram Ondru, a Karti-starrer, was made in 2017 on the true events of the Bawariya gang’s series of dacoities and murders which included that of an AIADMK legislator Sudarsanam who was shot dead in his house in suburban Gummidipoondi while resisting the robbery.
The then Chief Minister J Jayalalitha ordered a crackdown in 2005 after Sudarsanam’s murder and a special force nabbed Bawariya gang leader along with his wife Beena Devi in Kannauj in UP .
Beginning in January 2005, the team nabbed ten Bawariya gang members in various parts of the country along with four trucks used by them. Over the course of the next eight years, the team hunted down the criminals and finally they found the remaining gang members in Rajasthan.
The latest robbery in Chennai shows that Bawariya gang is still active.