An armed gang of six swooped down on an ancillary unit of Tata Motors, located in a densely populated area of Jugsalai, in the wee hours of Tuesday and made off with copper materials worth over Rs 12 lakh.
Only, they couldn’t execute their entire plan and instead landed in the police net, along with the booty, within 24 hours. Three were arrested.
According to sources, the men, who came on a mini truck, struck at Empire Industries on ME School Road around 2.30am. Two security personnel were guarding the premises, but the gang took them at gunpoint and trussed them up. They went on a looting spree, loading copper materials meant for supply to Tata Motors on to the truck and fled within half an hour.
Factory owner Harshad Gandhi came to know about the incident around 5am and informed police, who rushed to the spot. Police sealed the city and ordered special checks at exit points. Around 8pm, a police team located the vehicle near Golmuri petrol pump and six people hovering suspiciously around it. Seeing the men in uniform, three fled. The truck with the stolen materials was also seized.
Two of the arrested were identified as Afzal Khan, alias Babu, a resident of Mango, and Mohammad Asif of Jugsalai. The name and address of the third is being verified. “Afzal is a driver and was behind the wheels of the truck” the SSP said.
He added that the six were trying to find a local buyer for the stolen items as they knew that the city had been sealed and they wouldn’t be able to escape. “They were caught while negotiating a deal for disposing of the copper materials with someone on phone. The trio are being interrogated. Efforts are on to arrest the other three,” Jha said.