The gang that robbed Ranchi trader Nirmal Kumar Garodia of Rs 17 lakh at Upper Bazar on the night of May 7 was busted late on Wednesday night with the arrest of the alleged kingpin and four others.
While three men were arrested in Ranchi following a tip-off, two others, including gang leader Rajesh Kumar Srivastava, were picked up from Ramgarh.
Addressing a news meet on Thursday afternoon,SSP Saket Kumar Singh produced three of the accused before the media. Rajesh and his driver Narendra Singh, however, could not be produced as they were in Ramgarh.
The three in Ranchi were identified as Karamtoli residents Santosh Singh and Suraj Kumar Verma and Morris Tirkey alias Benjamin Tirkey, a resident of Ladda village in Nagri police station area.
Singh said there were 12 members in the loot gang.
| Saket Kumar Singh with the arrested trio in Ranchi on Thursday. (Prashant Mitra)
“Out of 12, five have been arrested while the remaining will be nabbed soon,” Singh said, adding that the gang got inputs about Garodia’s wealth and activities from two employees of the pipe dealer — Akshay Kumar Mahanti and Sudhir Kumar Singh.
However, only Rs 25,500 in cash could be recovered, as they claimed that they had spent the rest of the money.
The SSP said the gang members had a dispute over distribution of the money.
“After the robbery, kingpin Rajesh told the gang members that there was only Rs 15.5 lakh. However, when newspapers reported that Rs 17 lakh had been taken, a fight broke out over dividing the money, leading to a rift between Santosh Singh and Rajesh,” Singh said, hinting that one of the disgruntled gang members could have helped the police nab the five.
The SSP said the same gang had looted Rs 10 lakh from Pandra on January 23 this year.
Three motorcycle-borne men snatched Rs 17 lakh from Garodia after hitting with a revolver butt around 9.15pm on May 7 when he was returning to his Bengal Pottery Lane home from his shop at Kartsarai Road, barely a kilometre away in the heart of Upper Bazar.