The Ahmedabad police have nabbed the robbers who looted 6.5 kg of gold jewellery worth Rs 2.71 crore last week near Shahpur metro station in Ahmedabad.
On November 7, two salesmen of a jewellery showroom were going towards CG Road on their two-wheeler carrying over six kilos of gold. Suddenly, two youths riding on a sports bike intercepted them near Shahpur metro station gate no 3 and brandishing a knife snatched the bag containing the gold.
Earlier the police were in a fix as to how to nab the culprits. Despite scanning CCTV footage, they were not able to trace the criminals. All the police could establish was that the robbers went towards Sardarnagar from Cama Hotel Road and River Front.
There was a breakthrough when two accused—Nikhil Rathod and Kaushik alias Panga Ghamade—set out to sell 4.5 kg of gold. Police arrested the duo near Kotarpur. During interrogation, it was revealed that six persons, including a woman, were involved in the robbery. It was further revealed that Manish alias Manoj Sindhi was the mastermind.
The six criminals shared the loot and went their separate ways. Needing money, Nikhil and Kaushik stepped out to sell the looted gold.
Manish and Kaushik had earlier committed a robbery of Rs 6.7 lakh near Sarkhej bridge. Nikhil has eight criminal cases registered against him and Kaushik has three cases registered against him.
Police have recovered gold jewellery worth Rs 1.97 crore from the accused. The remaining four accused are reported to be hiding at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Three teams of Gujarat police have been sent to Jaislamer to nab them.