Four youths, involved in a road robbery in Dhurwa, Ranchi, last month, were nabbed from Palamau on Wednesday and a part of the booty worth over Rs 3 lakh was recovered from them.
While Rakesh Kumar Thakur, Rakesh Verma and Abhimanyu were directly involved in the attack on a JP Market jeweller and his son on February 27, Raj Kumar Verma was the “receiver” of the stolen gold and cash that the father-son duo were carrying in a bag when they were intercepted. All four criminals are aged between 28 and 35 years.
Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh said there were five persons in the gang that had attacked Prasad Jewellers owner Nandkishore Prasad and his son Ravi that night. “We are looking for two more persons who have been identified as Guddu Singh and Ashish Soni,” he said.
Police have confiscated three mobile phones from the four arrested youths to track down their aides. Singh added that the gold ornaments — a mangal sutra and seven nose rings — recovered during the raid were only part of the Rs 3-lakh-worth booty.
In yet another breakthrough, two more criminals — identified as Rajeev Ranjan Mishra, alias Bittu Mishra, and Prakash Yadav alias Raju — were arrested from Bijupara. They are wanted in a dozen of cases of murder, dacoity, loot and extortion registered at various police stations of the capital.
“Two rival gangs had unleashed terror in the city. One was led by Sandeep Thapa and the other by Bittu Mishra. On January 20 last year, Bittu had shot dead one Jai Goswami, a member of the Thapa gang. While Thapa was arrested a few months ago, we have now rounded up Bittu. Peace is expected to return to the city,” the SSP said.