Kannur robbery: Gang involved are traditional thieves
Kannur: Muhammad Hilal, who was nabbed by police for robbery at ‘Mathrubhumi’ News editor Vinod Chandran’s house, is chief of the dangerous robbery gang based in Bangladesh. A four-member gang, including Hilal, was involved in robbing Vinod’s house.
Muhammad Hilal is member of the traditional Sikar group of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh. Robbing is the traditional job of the group which they took up ever since the British rule in India. The group doesn’t even hesitate to kill those who stop them. It is learned that a gang member was killed during a clash that broke out while dividing the booty.
The gang members are normally aged between 18 and 40. They reach Delhi and disperse to various places for their activities. They are centred around Delhi and Shahabad, a border town of Uttar Pradesh.
The Bangladesh-based kingpin of the gang controls the activities through phone. Members are sent to Delhi with forged ID cards and money in advance. Staying there for months, the gang involve in robbing seeking help of the natives. They strictly obey the rules, stolen goods must reach Bangladesh.
The boss in Bangladesh have strong links with local civic bodies and police. The gang works similar to underworld gangs of Mumbai.
An investigation team under Kannur City CI Pradeep Kannipoyil had stayed on the Bangladesh border for the investigation. More arrests in the case will be carried out only after a detailed interrogation of Hilal.