Published On : Mon, Apr 6th, 2015

Rural Crime Branch arrests 13 members including masterminds of Kanhan gang war


The Crime Branch of Kanhan police (Nagpur Rural) succeeded in arresting 13 accused involved in a bloody gang war that had erupted on March 24 over control of sand ghats and money matter. Cops have seized a large cache of arms and ammunition including three guns from the possession of the arrested accused.

According to Kanhan police, the hardcore criminal Kamalesh Meshram and his five accomplices gone to Sihora sand ghats with the intention of extorting money from owners of the sand ghats. At that time the guard and divanji of the sand ghats were attacked with sticks and were also threatened at gun points. The fallout of the incident was the bloody gang war on March 24 night. Taking serious cognizance of the gang war the District Superintendent of Police Dr Arti Singh handed over the investigation into the matters to local Crime Branch (Nagpur Rural)

Following thorough investigation, the Police Inspector Jayesh M Bhandarkar (Local Crime Branch) and his team succeeded in arresting 13 members of gangs including the masterminds Kamalesh Meshram, Umesh Yadav. The Crime Branch sleuths also seized one Mauzer gun, two country-made pistols, three knives, one sword, nine live cartridges, three motorcycles, four mobile handsets and other material used in the gang war.

It may be recalled the Kanhan Town was rattled when a bloody gang war had erupted on March 24 night between two rival groups in the continuing feud over control of sand ghats and money matter. Lethal arms including country-made guns, swords, iron rods, sticks, stones were freely used in the ‘gang war.’ The free-for-all fighting left at least 11 people injured, many with bullet wounds, and a wide range of property damaged.

The gang war reportedly broke out between Yogesh Yadav group and Kamalesh Meshram group at Sihora sand ghat at about 8.30 pm and continued till dead of midnight. The sand ghat is reportedly under the control of Yogesh Yadav and the rivalry with Kamalesh Meshram group is running since the past few years apparently over control of the ghat and money matter.