Cheddi Gang is back in the city posing a challenge to the city police. Rachakonda police confirmed that the thefts took place in Nagaram, Chaitanyapuri, and other suburbs in a few days. Special teams are deployed to nab them. The investigation is shedding light on the shocking facts about this gang.
Many tribes living in forest areas in the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat (in some parts) are known as the 'Cheddi Gang'. Police in some states also calls them Kaccha Banian Gang. Each gang consists of ten to fifteen people. Police say the number of such gangs could be in the hundreds. Wearing banians and shorts, they come for stealing with a rod in hand. The gang members pick a city and arrive there on trains separately. Temporary tents are set up at bus stands, railway stations, or vacant plots. During the day, they pose as beggars selling toys and blankets. They plan ways to sneak into the houses and rob.
Thefts are committed only in locked houses in desolate areas/colonies. If anyone sees at that time, they will carry stones along to attack if they try to resist. They apply grease or oil all over their bodies before stealing. They only wear banians and tie their chappals around their waist so as not to make a sound. They will break open any lock without making a sound and steal money, silver, and gold jewelry. In fact, they do not know the value of these valuables and sell 10 grams of gold to as little as Rs 10,000. They are sold in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, etc. to avoid any hassle.
After committing thefts in a city, they observe if the police surveillance has increased. If yes, all the members will break up. They reach their next destinations separately by lorries, buses, and trains. They do not come back to the city again for six months to a year. If one of them gets caught, they will never admit the crime or reveal the names of others in the gang.