Ajay Kumar was wanted for sensational break-ins, duping traders

The Afzalgunj police on Tuesday caught Ajay Kumar, along with four of his associates, wanted by the Cyberabad police in three sensational jewellery shop burglaries. The 30-year-old accused was also the kingpin in swindling rice traders of Rs. 85 lakh in S.R. Nagar and oil traders of Rs. 15 lakh in Afzalgunj a year ago.

Interestingly, Kumar had been freely moving in the city even as the police of Cyberabad were on the lookout for him and his gang for the burglaries. Managing to evade the police, he continued to reside in different parts of the city and duped the merchants.

Kumar had been committing offences since he was a teenager and was arrested in a murder case in Madhapur. Four years ago, the Central Crime Station of Hyderabad caught him in a financial fraud case and had him lodged in prison.

There, he came into contact with Mustafa, arrested in similar burglary cases. Once out on bail, the duo broke into jewellery shops at Kushaiguda, Chandanagar and Jeedimetla. They made holes on the walls of shops and used gas cutters to cut open steel chests and made off with 2.5 kilos of gold ornaments and 80 kilos of silver articles.

While Mustafa was caught, Kumar set up a fake rice trader shop at S.R. Nagar.

“Nowhere did he came into picture. He projected an acquaintance as the merchant, who would purchase rice from wholesale dealers,” Afzalgunj Inspector K. Manoj Kumar said.

To gain the confidence of the dealers, the gang procured rice loads with immediate cash payment. Later, they obtained rice worth Rs. 85 lakh from different traders, ones who had been won over sold it to other agents and decamped with the money.

The gang was busted while adopting a similar modus operandi as oil merchants at Afzalgunj.