DSP Kanhaiya Upadhyay addresses a news meet at Burmamines police station on Friday. (Animesh Sengupta)
Police arrested six members of a Ranchi-based gang of hijackers from two separate places in Jamshedpur on Friday and recovered a white-coloured car, two pistols and six cartridges from their possession.
The arrested were part of the gang which had shot at the driver of the hired car on Thursday near Deori temple in Tamar and taken control of the vehicle. The victim, one Bijay Kumar, is in RIMS. His condition is said to be critical.
Three members of the same gang, Bhim Munda, Ateet and Chhote Munda, were arrested from near Tamar on Thursday evening. Four were nabbed from Burmamines in the small hours, who then gave information on two more members. The duo were arrested from Telco in the morning.
The arrested have been identified as Dubraj Munda, Mohit Oraon, Mantu Munda, Laxminarayan Munda, Karia Munda and Shankar Munda.
Two more members are absconding.
Confirming the breakthrough, deputy superintendent of police (law and order) Kanhaiya Upadhyay said a gang based in Ranchi but with operations across districts, had on Thursday afternoon hired the white car (No JH01-AQ-2131) from an agency in Chutia police station area of Ranchi on the pretext of going to Deori temple, Tamar.
Four youths sat with unsuspecting driver Bijay. Five members of the gang tailed the vehicle in a black car.
Having reached the temple, those travelling in the hired car stepped out and offered prayers.
On the way back, they overpowered Bijay Kumar, shot at him and proceeded towards Jamshedpur.
The police could crack down on the case only because of tip-offs and the three arrests on Thursday.
“We set up about a dozen checkpoints around 11pm on Thursday,” he said.