Hyderabad: A local court here convicted four members of the notorious Cheddi gang and sentenced them to two years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 each.

All four are from Gujarat and three of them - Rama Badhiya, Kishan Badhiya, and RavojiBadhiya - are brothers. The four along with others had formed a gang to commit house burglaries to make easy money.

They gang is called the Cheddi gang because they wear briefs and vests while committing the crimes, which reportedly makes escape easier.

According to the police, the gang would come to Hyderabad and erect huts near residential colonies. They recced the area in the day and, armed with weapons, robbed the houses at night. They did not hesitate to attack those who tried to resist them. The gang had been committing burglaries since 2011 and were involved in 28 burglaries.

On 1 August 2018, the Meerpet police and special operations team led by inspector Ravi arrested five members of the gang and remanded them to judicial custody. The police recovered gold and silver ornaments worth Rs. 3,50,000 from them. One of the accused, Ganava Bharatha Singh, died in prison due to ill health.

The Rachakonda commissioner of police invoked the PD Act against them on 10 December 2018 and sent them to Cherlapally Central prison. Earlier, on 5 November 2020, they were convicted in two house burglaries in the Meerpet police station limits and sentenced to undergo three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10,000 was imposed against each accused. They are still serving their sentence in Cherlapally Central prison.

On Thursday, all four were sentenced to undergo two years rigorous imprisonment.

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