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New thana cracks burglary

Grand address, greater efficiency. Or so it may seem.

Five days after governor’s adviser K. Vijay Kumar inaugurated the new building of Chutia police station in Ranchi, the upbeat men in uniform made a break-in breakthrough.

On February 18, a burglar had decamped with Rs 10,000 in cash and ornaments worth Rs 50,000 from the house of fruit vendor Bheem Shaw in Chana Mohalla of Chutia.

Officer-in-charge Kumar Saryu Anand said the crook was arrested on Wednesday and most of the stolen items recovered from his possession. “Nandkishore Sahu (25) lives in a hut near Railway Colony. He was earlier arrested and jailed in a theft case. We checked on his antecedents to nab him,” he added.

Besides Rs 9,011 in cash, a mobile phone, a gold ring, a gold nose ring, a silver chain, other silver trinkets, an LIC bond paper and land documents have been seized from Sahu’s hut.

Shaw said the quick crackdown had re-established his faith in police. “I am a poor fruit-seller. I was very depressed since my wife’s wedding jewellery and my hard-earned money were stolen. We thank Chutia police for recovering our belongings within 72 hours,” he added.

Policemen attributed their success to their new address.

Chutia thana is now housed in a 6,000sqft infrastructure near the Ranchi station.

The double-storey building has 10 rooms on its ground floor and barracks along with a hall on the first floor. It has rooms for constables, a chamber for the officer-in-charge, a computer room and space for keeping records. The police station had so far operated from a crumbling single-storey building close to its new address.