Bengaluru: The police have arrested a man accused of assisting the gang that robbed two families in Kochi, after breaking into their homes and taking them hostage. Shamim, arrested in Bengaluru, is the son-in-law of Noor Khan, aka Naseer Khan, the alleged king pin of the gang. The police suspect that he has fled to his homeland, Bangladesh.
The police had found that Noor Khan's cell phone was with Shamim after the robbery. The investigators hope Shamim will lead to the other accused.
Three of the accused who were arrested in Delhi earlier have been brought to Kochi. They are Shemzad , 30, from Bangladesh and Roni, 18, and Arshad, 20, from Delhi. They arrived early Sunday morning at the Ernakulam Junction railway station and were taken to the Hill Palace police station in Thrippunithura, where the second robbery took place.
The transit warrant gives time until Tuesday to present the accused in court. However, the investigators are moving to obtain custody of the accused as early as possible and begin interrogation.
Another police team, meanwhile, is searching for the absconding suspects in the Bengal-Bangladesh border villages.
A house in Pullepady, Ernakulam, was robbed on December 15, 2017, while a house in Eroor, Thrippunithura, became the second target the very next day. The violent manner in which the robberies were carried out gave rise to the suspicion that both burglaries were carried out by the same gang.
Five sovereigns of gold was robbed at Pullepady, where a senior woman was taken hostage. At Eroor SMP Colony, the head of the family was knocked down and other members were tied up. A total of 54 sovereigns and Rs 20,000 were taken away.
The accused were caught after a three-week long search in Bengal and parts of north India.