Kochi: Three of the eleven-member gang which allegedly carried out two daring robberies in Kochi will be brought to the city on Sunday. The Kerala Police boarded the train with the accused from Delhi on Friday under tight security.
Those in custody have been identified as a Bangladeshi citizen Shemsad and Delhi natives Rony and Arshad. A shar of the booty, including a necklace and few earrings were recovered from them. They were nabbed by the police after a month-long vigorous search covering Bengal, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh, among other places.
The three gang members were finally nabbed with the help of the Delhi Police, by summoning them with the promise of making them approvers in the case.
The 'ragpicker' kingpin
Meanwhile, the police identified the kingpin of the robberies as Noor Khan alias Nazeer, a ragpicker belonging to Dilshan Jhuggi, Delhi. He is still on the run.
According to the police, Noor Khan had spent two years in Kochi collecting scrap. He had traveled between Kochi and Delhi several times during this period.
It was Noor Khan who collected the men and brought them to Kochi to carry out the crimes, said the police.
Investigation into two incidents in which thefts with identical modus-operandi were carried out in Kochi had led to the accused.
In the first the large group of robbers had taken an elderly man hostage in Pullepady and dislodged with 5 sovereigns of gold.
In a similar dare, the group of ten had hit a house owner on his head at Eroor and stolen 54 sovereigns of gold.
Noor Khan is reportedly the mastermind of both these robberies.
The Kerala Police are continuing their efforts to trace Noor Khan with the help of their counterparts in Delhi.