MEERUT: Meerut field unit of UP Special Task Force (STF) on Tuesday arrested one Laxman Bhool from Bareilly who worked as domestic help in Mumbai but was involved in a series of house burglaries and robberies, including one that took place in the house of a Meerut-based businessman Pradeep Gupta on November 20.
Gupta had alleged cash and valuables worth Rs 80 lakhs were looted from the household.
“Bhool is a resident of Doti district of Nepal. His arrest and questioning has revealed that he was part of a gang that posed as domestic helps but were involved in identifying potential targets for thefts and committing robberies at the instance of the mastermind named Surender Kutwal who lives in Kailali district of Nepal,” revealed UP STF additional SP Brijesh Singh.
“Kutwal himself was part of the gang that committed theft in Meerut on November 20 and had asked Laxman to reach Meerut and even arranged for his flight ticket from Mumbai and had given him Rs 80,000,” he said.
Brijesh Singh further added, “The two were accompanied by Lal Bhool, another Nepal citizen. Later, all three took away the vehicle along with valuables of the businessman. While Kutwal and Lal Bhool left for Nepal, Laxman stayed back. Now he was on his way to Nepal to receive his share and had reached Bareilly when our team nabbed him”.
Kutwal and three others were taken into custody by Nepal police on December 8 in yet another case of jewellery theft worth Rs 35 lakhs that occurred in Bengaluru on December 2.
The theft was conducted by the same gang headed by Kutwal.
A woman named Vimala was introduced at the targeted house as a maid who decamped with the valuables.
STF sources further revealed the stolen/looted jewellery finds its way to Nepal through porous borders where Surender Kutwal, the kingpin uses his ‘friendship’ with local jewelers at Kailali to sell it off. The gang also has females who are ‘recruited’ and deployed in homes.
“Regarding the Meerut theft, Rs 20 lakh has been recovered from Kutwal in Nepal by the local police and now administrative procedures will be adopted to bring back the cash as well as the culprits. Efforts are on to trace the rest of the amount as well,” added the ASP.
The same gang has been involved in several other robberies, including one in Faridabad, in June and another in Jodhpur in November, said the source in the STF.

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