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Thieves held, PCs seized

Cooch Behar, Jan. 30: Kotwali police yesterday recovered eight personal computers (PCs) stolen from a school here eight days ago and rounded up five thieves.

The superintendent of police of Cooch Behar, Devendra Prakash Singh, said on January 21, thieves had broken into Vivekananda Vidyapith School and taken away nine computers. A special task force was set up by the Kotwali police station to probe the crime.

“Yesterday, the team arrested all five involved in the break-in. They were produced in a court and remanded in police custody for four days,” said the officer.

The arrested are Partha Das, 27, of Ghughumari, Rasidul Ahmed, 30, Mosaraf Miyan, 28, (both from Harinchaora) and Subrata Das, 20, and Nirmal Roy, 33, of Chilkirhat.

A member of the investigating team said Partha had been a former student of the school and he, along with Subrata, had hatched the plot to steal the computers and sell them. On the morning after the heist, one computer was with Nirmal, and eight others were taken to Chilkirhat in a Maruti Omni the youths had hired.

They were stopped close to their destination by an acquaintance who wanted to know where they were taking so many computers.

“The gang handed over one PC to the youth to avoid further queries and went on their way. The youth took the PC to a shop in Cooch Behar and wanted to sell it. But we had alerted all computer shops and cyber cafés to look out for people trying to sell computers. The shop owner contacted us and we interrogated the youth, seized the stolen computer and started zeroing in on the culprits,” the investigator said.

The police said three computers had been seized from Subrata’s house, while four had been found in Partha’s residence. They are yet to recover the ninth computer.

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