2021 Vidyaranyapuram jewellery shop dacoity case: ‘Bombay Budda’ who pocketed most of the looted gold still on the run
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2021 Vidyaranyapuram jewellery shop dacoity case: ‘Bombay Budda’ who pocketed most of the looted gold still on the run

March 21, 2022

Mysore/Mysuru: In a major breakthrough, the City Police have arrested a Mumbai-based man who sold a pistol to dacoits to loot Amruth Gold and Silver Palace at Vidyaranyapuram on the evening of Aug. 23, 2021.

The gang had shot dead 24-year-old bystander Chandru of Dadadahalli while escaping. With the latest arrest, the total number of the accused nabbed in the sensational case has gone up to nine.

The accused, Rajan Nakul Das, has been brought to Mysuru for more investigation, confirmed Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) Geetha Prasanna.

Speaking to Star of Mysore this morning, she said that the arrest was made by Inspector Raju and teams. Soon after the dacoity, teams of 25 officers and 80 Cops were formed by City Police Commissioner Dr. Chandragupta to crack the case.

Some of the team members, camping in Mumbai in search of the ninth accused in the case, nicknamed ‘Bombay Budda’, who is still at large, got clues about Rajan Nakul Das. The pistol used for the crime was found last year in a Mumbai drain.

Jehangir, one among the eight arrested, had pulled the trigger on Chandru while escaping from the shop after the loot. Jehangir had procured the pistol from Rajan Nakul Das from West Bengal. The Mysuru Police had taken Jehangir to Mumbai last year where he had thrown the pistol in a drain next to a culvert.

Police sources said that despite concerted efforts by the City Police along with Mumbai Police, ‘Budda’ is still on the run. He will be a prized catch as he has over 2 kgs of gold ornaments that were looted from the shop.

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‘Budda’ literally means old man (in Hindi) as he is above 60 years of age. He pocketed most of the gold including ornaments like gold chains, necklaces, bracelets and heavy rings. He has been captured filling the gold into his shirt and trouser pockets.

In all, nine dacoits have been arrested including Mahendra, the mastermind, who owns Balaji Bankers and Jewellers near Mahadevapura Railway Gate, Mysuru.  Mahendra was facing severe losses in his gold business and had borrowed loans to the tune of lakhs of rupees. He knew that Amruth Gold and Silver Palace was doing good business and planned the heist. Mahendra invited the gangsters, some of them who are contract killers, to loot the Vidyaranyapuram shop. From conceptualising, planning and execution of the crime, Mahendra played a crucial role.

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “2021 Vidyaranyapuram jewellery shop dacoity case: ‘Bombay Budda’ who pocketed most of the looted gold still on the run”

  1. Mann Ki Baat! says:

    “Mahendra was facing severe losses in his gold business and had borrowed loans to the tune of lakhs of rupees. He knew that Amruth Gold and Silver Palace was doing good business and planned the heist. Mahendra invited the gangsters, some of them who are contract killers, to loot the Vidyaranyapuram shop. From conceptualising, planning and execution of the crime, Mahendra played a crucial role”
    “Police sources said that despite concerted efforts by the City Police along with Mumbai Police, ‘Budda’ is still on the run. He will be a prized catch as he has over 2 kgs of gold ornaments that were looted from the shop”
    Police corruption is evident. The ones who were caught were all small crooks, letting the police to claim success. In reality , it is a failure as this Budda is at large with a lot of gold jewellery which he would have sold through black market channels.
    The bigger picture is: Mysore has so much gold, with so many jewellery shops, which it never had. This is very clearly the result of the gold smuggling through the 4 Kerala airports from the Gulf countries by Keralites, who are dep in this business there. They have bought all the customs officers and senior officials at the 4 airports in Kerala.
    Now that there is a plan to link Kerala to Hassan through Kodagu in a national highway, more rail and road links to Kerala to Mysore planned, adding to this more importantly is the expansion kf Mysore airport which will receive passenger airlines from the Gulf countries, such as Emirates air lines.
    Keralites are already moving into Mysore in large numbers ahead of the above transport facilities, and Mysore becomes the focal point of illegal gold coming from Dubai, Doha , Abu Dhabi and Muscat. Mysore will then be flooded with gold.
    In Mumbai this gold smuggling from the Middle East has been in full swing for decades, and Mysore , soon will be another centre for illegal gold coming from the Gulf countries. Armed robberies, confrontation with arms, massive police corruption not seen before will be happening in the near future.

  2. Howdy, Modi! says:

    There you go, the most important gang member -the Budda has disappeared with the massive loot, and will never be caught.
    Idiotic Mysoreans praised the police when they announced that they caught the culprits, and the police commissioner proudly boasted about his team’s efficiency!
    Typical inefficient police, more interested in boasting than catching the leader of the armed robbery team. This Budda , may even be living next door to the police commissioner’s government bungalow, and still the commissioner will not know it. After all, he is an IPS officer, and gets his promotion regardless, he thinks! He is right , as it is the pathetic state of the IPS and IPS cadres, who are well versed in paper -pushing and claiming success in a press conference, even though their administration is a failure!
    Meanwhile, the Malayalees who smuggle massive quantities of gold , from the Middle East countries-particularly from the Gulf countries, expand their smuggling business into Mysore , laundering their ill-gotten wealth into businesses like the jewellery stores, fake designer goods shops, and financing more private clinics etc.. They may even buy the site of the Lansdowne building razing it to the ground, and building a multistory car park! The crumbling Devaraja Market site is another site in their focus. They are already here in Mysore, surveying places like the Mysore airport site for the Gulf airline offices as well as the KR circle area. They will finance as they do in Gulf countries, their own private army who wield AK-47s and Uzi machine guns.
    Wonderful India/Mysore after 70 years of independence! Jai Hind!!

  3. Gusto says:

    @Howdy
    Do you think, that the Walther PPK hand gun which Javeed Nayeem carries -he boasted this, will be any good against those machine guns? He said he carries his hand gun as a deterrent to crime gangs!

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