Police officials at Rachakonda have nabbed the leader of the notorious 'Chaddi Baniyan Gang' P Rama Badhiya and recovered ornaments worth over Rs 10 lakh from his possession. The bizarre group of burglars are known for executing daring burglaries in the night wearing just their underwear and vests.
Rama (47) was caught in Dahod district of Gujarat on August 10 by the Rachakonda police Special Operations Team with assistance from local police. He was a resident of Sahada village in the district.
The accused appeared before a magistrate court in Dahod before he was brought to Telangana on a transit warrant. Ram will soon be produced before II Metropolitan Magistrate in LB Nagar in Hyderabad.
Police have recovered 1 kg of silver, Rs 3,000 in cash and gold ornaments. Earlier, Rachakonda police had apprehended three members of the gang - Kishan Badhiya, Ravoji and Bharat Singh - on August 1, as per Times of India.
â€śAfter the arrest of his gang members from Dahod, police personnel there were alerted about Ram Badhiya, 47, and he was apprehended. However, his three associates, Khaju Mavoji, 30, Parmar Megzi, 26, and Parmar Sanjay, 21, are still at large and efforts are on to nab them,â€ť said Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat speaking to Deccan Chronicle.
The gang first caught the attention of the Hyderabad police in December 2017 after burglaries at Miyapur and KBHP. While checking the CCTV footages of the burglaries, the police observed a group of men walking in the night wearing just their underwear or in some cases vests.
At the time, the police said that the gang is known to commit crimes and loot empty residences, and would pelt stones if they were threatened.
According to the police, the group is responsible for as many as 29 burglaries in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. With four members of the gang arrested, police are on the lookout for at least three absconding members.