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Gang busted with 4 arrests

An inter-state gang, which was involved in a number of crimes starting from murders to dacoities, was busted on Tuesday with the police arresting four of its armed members from Kandra in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

Two more members are absconding.

The arrested — Kapali residents Mohammed Sultan and Ibrar Ali, and Chhotu Ansari and Mohammed Irsad from Mango — used to work for notorious criminal Maqsud Alam, who was killed in a gang war at Galuidih near Jamshedpur last month.

However, Maqsud’s death had little impact on the gang’s operations and the members carried on their activities with gusto. In fact, the four were arrested while they were hatching a robbery plot. But a police team swooped on them at their hideout in Kandra and the criminals had no other option but to surrender.

After the arrests, police carried out raids in their residences and recovered four pistols, stolen gold ornaments worth over Rs 1 lakh, cheques and two motorcycles.

Announcing the breakthrough at a news conference at Kandra police station on Tuesday, Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police Indrajit Mahthe said preliminary investigations had revealed that the gang was active in places like Kharagpur, Ranchi, Rourkela, Jamshedpur, Chandil and Chaibasa.

“Very recently, they burgled the house of one Ganesh Kumhar at Baliguma in Kandra on the night of December 10. Maqsud was alive then. Led by him, the dacoits raided the house and decamped with Rs 2 lakh in cash and ornaments worth Rs 1 lakh at gunpoint after breaking open a steel almirah. The criminals also assaulted Kumhar’s teenaged son Deepak grievously,” said Mahthe.

The gang bought a second-hand car with the stolen cash and used it to commit robberies in a more organised manner, the officer added. The stolen ornaments were intact and were recovered from Sultan’s house in Kapali area.

“During interrogation, the arrested confessed to have committed crimes like dacoity, loot, murder, snatching and extortion. They were also involved in a number of train dacoities in South Eastern Railway. They admitted that they frequented Mango and Azadnagar area for either taking shelter after committing a crime or for hatching dacoity plots,” the SP said.

The police’s next step would be to take the four in remand for thorough interrogations to find out details about the crimes they were involved in, Mahthe added.

Maqsud was killed in an encounter with another gang at Galudih along the NH-33 on the night of December 24. The rival gang was led by one Dildar Hussain, who shot dead Maqsud and slit his throat. Police swung into action soon after the incident and nabbed Dildar following tip-offs from local residents.

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Crime sheet

Bank robbery in Purulia district, Bengal, in 2011

Abduction and murder of a truck driver from Chandil in Tamar in 2011. The gang looted the truck after killing the driver

Dacoity at a petrol pump in Chowka in 2011

One of the gang members, Mohammed Ibrar, was arrested for killing a businessman at Chandil in 2010

In 2012, the gang had robbed a passenger train between Chakradharpur and Gamharia

On December 10, 2013, the gang looted a house in Kandra