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Khandelwal Jewellery Shop dacoity

An offence vide Kotwali Police Station, Cr.No. 325/10 u/s 395,397 I.P.C., r.w. 3,4,25 Arms Act. was registered against unknown accused person on 31.08.2010 in which 6 to 7 accused persons had committed sensational dacoity at Khandelwal Jewelers, Amravati in daylight and decamped with property worth approx. Rs 20 lacs after injuring the owner of the shop.

On receiving this information, police staff including my self had reached the spot within 5-10 minutes and Nakabandi was immediately ordered. Adjoining districts were also contacted for organizing Nakabandi. During this time, a fake call that a white Indica car had been stolen from an adjoining area diverted our attention during Nakabandi and due to this fake call, we were probably not able to detain the accused during Nakabandi.

CCTV footage was minutely observed so as to identify the accused. The footage was also shown to around more than 750 policemen and Officers of Amravati City and Rural jointly on an LCD Projector but all these steps failed to identify the accused.

More than 5000 pamphlets containing photographs of accused persons (obtained form CCTV footage) were printed and pasted on Buses and Trains passing through Amravati and Badnera and also at other public places.

In the meantime, the motorcycle used in the offence was found abandoned in Vilas Nagar area at Amravati. These MVs were found to have been stolen form Katol in Nagpur (R) District and Ner in Yavatmal District on 17th August. Police parties were dispatched in various parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh including Nagpur, Betul, Pandhurna Indore, Jhabua and Bhopal. All these steps had no positive result and the investigation was directionless within the first two days despite making all professional efforts to detect the case.

The special investigation team comprising one Police Inspector (Investigating Officer), 1 API, 4 PSI and 6 men were formed under the direct supervision of ACP Crime and DCP Zone to monitor investigation and make all professional efforts to detect the case.

Another team of cyber cell and Crime Branch personal comprising 4 officers and 3 men expert in scientific investigation was formed under my direct supervision and separate room in the multipurpose hall was given and six computers within internet facility were installed.

We saw the detailed CCTV footage and ascertained the time of entry and exit of the accused.

The cyber team based on extremely professional investigation found out the names of the suspects and helped the operational team with very minute details about the accused.

A team was sent to Karnataka, (approx. 1300 kms. from Amravati) and we got the first break through in the case arresting two accused persons and recovery of Rs.3 lacs of property. It the process team traveled for 2600 kms for approx. 60 hours without any rest before effecting of the first arrests.

A police team also traveled to Malkapur, Dist. Buldhana and affected two more arrests in an outstanding manner based vital inputs provided by the cyber team.

The gang has been traced to have committed similar offence of dacoity even at Jalgaon and Aurangabad, which had remained undetected till date, apart form committing more than 30 offences in various parts of Maharashtra.

It was the hard work, dedication and commitment of the police team working continuously for hours together for more than 10 days at a stretch which helped the police crack the case with arrest 6 out of 7 accused persons and recovery of property worth more than Rs. 12 lacs (including original stolen bangles) till date, including a recover used in the offence. The team has also been able to recover property worth approx. Rs. 7 lacs which were looted from a jewellery shop at Jalgaon on 27th April 2010.

The public response in Amravati regarding this detection has been tremendous and it has certainly taken the police image to overwhelming heights.

 

The Director General of Police, Maharashtra State was pleased to announce a cash reward of Rs. 60000/- to the investigating team comprising

 

  • API Vijay Mahulkar
  • API Pradip Pardeshi
  • PSI Sanjay Chaugule
  • PSI Seema Datalkar
  • PC Amol Nandekar B.No. 170
  • PC Sangram Bhojne B.No. 1372
  • LPC Snehal Raut B.No. 1403
  • A.M. Bargal, DCP Zone
  • S.Khedkar, ACP Crime Branch
  • P.I. Shirbhate, P.S. Kotwali
  • P.S.I Deepak Kumbhare P.S. Kotwali
  • P.S.I. Sangram Shewale, P.S. Kotwali
  • Prob. P.S.I. Atul Yerme
  • Prob. P.S.I. Avtar Chavhan


under the direct supervision of Shri Amitesh Kumar, Commissioner of Police Amravati City.