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12 members of Pardhi gang nabbed in city

RICH HAUL: The Cyberabad Police Commissioner, M. Mahendar Reddy, shows the weapons seized from the Pardhi gang at a press conference in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

RICH HAUL: The Cyberabad Police Commissioner, M. Mahendar Reddy, shows the weapons seized from the Pardhi gang at a press conference in Hyderabad on Tuesday.  

Six of them struck terror at LB Nagar

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Twelve members of the Pardhi gang, allegedly responsible for countless property offences in different States and the recent triple murder for gain on the city outskirts, were nabbed by the Cyberabad police on Tuesday. The gang struck terror at L.B. Nagar after midnight of June 11 by bludgeoning a couple -- M.K. Visweswara Rao and his wife Vijayalakshmi -- to death and seriously injuring its two daughters, the Cyberabad Police Commissioner, M. Mahender Reddy, told a press meet here. While the younger girl, Vagdevi, 2, died, her sister, Vaishnavai, is recuperating. Six members of the gang went to the house of Rao in APCO colony. While one went up the terrace to keep a watch on surroundings, another sneaked inside by removing the window grill and opened the main door facilitating the entry of others. Two of them smashed heads of Rao and his wife with a pestle killing them in sleep.

Police get tip-off

"Since all of them were drunk, they even attacked the children with an iron rod," Mr. Reddy said. After collecting jewellery, they split into two groups, met at Bairamulguda and went to their hideouts in Mallepally and Yadagirigutta of Nalgonda district.

On a tip-off that some gangs were seen living in tents at Mallepally, the police swooped down on them and picked up 12 of them. Among the arrested were the gang leader Ganesh, and his wife, Jamabai, who used to finance the travel expenses of the gang members. She would take back double the loan amount from the booty later.

Fingerprints matched

Fingerprints collected from Rao's house matched with those of Sreenu Bhonsle, Nishel, Marastra Rambav Chawan, Raju Sindhe, Arjun, and Raju Haribavan Chawan.

Other members -- Gosai Sapplaiah, Gokul, Jamabai, Satish, Sunil and Ganesh - confessed to have committed more than 100 dacoities in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka. On eight occasions, they had killed 12 persons while taking away property from the houses in Andhra Pradesh.

The gang was never apprehended by the police in the State except some of its members being rounded up in 1998 in Nizamabad town within days of murdering three persons for gain. "That time, since all of them were lodged in the same lock-up, they managed to remove the window grill and escape," Mr. Reddy said.

Two months ago, they robbed two houses in Gajwel of Medak district. Before raiding a third house, they killed a youth and an old woman sleeping outside their houses by smashing their heads with boulders.

The Commissioner appreciated the good work accomplished by the Special Operations Team Inspector, Shiva Rama Krishna, and the Sub-Inspectors -- A.V. Rama Narsimha Rao, R. Jagadishwar Reddy and T.S.A. Prasad.

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