Hyderabad: The Cyberabad police, on 23 January, arrested eight members of the inter-state dacoity gang who had robbed Muthoot Finance at Hosur in Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu. They recovered 25 kg gold and cash worth Rs. 93,000.

The accused have been identified as Rup Singh Baghal (22), Shanker Singh Baghal (36), Pavan Kumar Vishkarma (22), Bhupendhar Manji (24), Vivek Mandal (32), Teak Ram (55), Rajiv Kumar (35), and Lulya Pandey. They are from Madhya Pradesh, UP, and Jharkhand. One of the accused, Amith from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, is absconding.

Around three months ago, Rup Singh Baghal and Amit moved to Bangalore with the plan to commit burglaries and rented a room there. The former was acquainted with Rup Singh Baghal, a weapons supplier. They bought seven pistols, 10 magazines, 97 rounds, and a container vehicle. Meanwhile, Rup Singh's brother Shanker Singh Baghal and Amit's acquaintances Vivek Mandal and Bhupendhar Maji also joined the gang in Bangalore.

The gang selected a Muthoot Finance branch at Hosur in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu. Amith visited the finance company as a bonafide customer. The gang planned to commit the offense and transport the stolen property in a container vehicle.

On 22 January, six members of the gang went to Hosur on three motorbikes. While Rup Singh Baghal and Shanker Singh Baghal kept watch outside, Amit, Pavan, Bhupendhar, and Vivek went inside the building wearing masks and helmets. They threatened the employees at gunpoint and escaped with 25 kg of mortgaged gold ornaments.

The group reached the Bangalore-Tamil Nadu border where they were met by driver Teak Ram. They hid the gold in a box and proceeded towards Nagpur. The Cyberabad police intercepted the vehicle at Medchal. They arrested the gang and recovered the stolen items.

According to the police, Amit, Shanker, Rup Singh, Sujeeth Singh, Sourabh, and Roshan Singh are habitual offenders. In October last year, they tried to rob Muthoot Finance in Ludhiana, Punjab. Three of them - Sujeeth Singh, Sourabh, and Roshan Singh - were caught red-handed while the remaining two were absconding till today. Also, Shankar Singh Baghal was also involved in a murder case.

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