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More arrests in Muthoot case

- 4kg gold recovered
Some of the recovered gold ornaments in Durgapur. Picture by Arup Sarkar

Durgapur, Feb. 6: Two more persons have been arrested from Dhanbad in connection with the February 1 heist at Muthoot Finance’s Durgapur branch and around 10 per cent of the 36kg gold stolen has been recovered.

The arrest of Amod Chowdhury, who police said was involved in the robbery, and Sujit Mahato, the brother-in-law of the gang leader Dasarath, takes the number of persons held in the case to five.

The five were brought to Durgapur today and remanded in 14 days’ police custody.

Yesterday, a police team from Dhanbad and Durgapur raided the in-laws’ house of Dasarath in the Jharkhand town and arrested his wife Guria Devi, another brother-in-law Ajit Kumar Mahato, and mother-in-law Tunia Devi.

Dasarath is absconding.

The police arrested the three during the raid but sources said the other two were nabbed in the same house. It is, however, not clear if a second raid was conducted.

According to the police today, 4kg of gold ornaments kept in pitchers and buried in the Dhanbad house have been recovered in total. The police have also recovered Rs 4.42 lakh in cash from the building.

The police today pegged the cost of the recovered ornaments at Rs 1.16 crore.

In Durgapur, deputy commissioner of police Sunil Yadav said: “We have learnt that Dasarath Mahato was the leader of the gang that robbed the Muthoot Finance branch. Most of the gang members are based in Jharkhand, one of them hails from Purulia. We hope to arrest all of them soon.”

As news of the gold recovery spread, depositors flocked to the Muthoot Finance branch in Benachity to know if their ornaments were found.

Muthoot officials told the customers that the recovered gold was still with the police.