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Cellphone shop loot, 3 held with handsets

Three persons involved in the loot of a cellphone shop in October were arrested on Friday.

Cellphone handsets worth at least Rs 5.6 lakh were stolen from the shop in the Boring Road roundabout area on October 10.

Those arrested have been identified as Ganesh Rai, Chotu alias Amarjeet Kumar and Mani alias Manish Kumar. Patna SSP Amrit Raj said a special team had been formed, who, on the basis of scientific investigations, arrested the trio.

Ten BlackBerry handsets, 33 Samsung sets, 21 of Nokia, three of Karbonn, four iBall sets, two Micromax and two HTC sets were recovered from their possession.

In addition to this, the police also found at least five tablet sets, an autorickshaw and some instruments used to cut shutters.

In another catch, five persons were arrested for their involvement in the murder of Vinod Kumar, a lawyer. Vinod was killed in Bihta on November 28. Those arrested have been identified as Virendra Kumar, Harendra Yadav, Ramashankar Singh, Chattu Yadav and Sunil Sao.

Five cellphones and two motorbikes have been recovered from them, SSP Raj said, adding that land conflict was said to be the murder motive.

The police have also claimed to pick up three persons who were looting a medical shop located near the Bahadurpur Bridge around 9.30pm on Thursday. Police sources said they were informed about the incident and a police team reached the spot immediately and caught two among the three who were fleeing. Based on the duo’s information, the third criminal was held later. Two countrymade pistols, four cellphones and Rs 1,751 in cash had been found on them.

Liquor raids

At least 304 people were arrested and 43,455 litres of illicit country-made liquor seized during a special drive launched in the state against illicit liquor trade on Friday.

Additional director-general of police (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said a total of 109 illicit liquor manufacturing units had been destroyed.


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