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Cash-bait loot gang members arrested

Two persons of a 10-member loot gang from Tamil Nadu were arrested on Thursday, a day after the team decamped with valuables of a businessman using currency notes as bait.

The arrested persons — Muthuk Kumaram and Moorti, both residents of Solo Nagar under Ramji Nagar police station in Trichy — came to the city around a week ago with eight others with a plan to loot people. On Wednesday, the gang foxed a businessman in the jurisdiction of Gandhi Maidan police station.

“When the victim, Manish, came out of his sports utility vehicle (SUV) near Twin Towers, a person came up to him and said some currency notes were lying in front of his vehicle. Spotting 11 notes of Rs 10 denomination, he started picking them up. In the meantime, a member of the gang opened a door of Manish’s SUV and fled with two bags. One among them had a laptop. By the time the businessman noticed it, the person who had drawn his (Manish’s) attention towards the scattered currency notes had also fled. Manish lodged an FIR with the Gandhi Maidan police station and investigations started,” Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaj told The Telegraph.

Sources said four members of the gang started running on Thursday after spotting a team of Gandhi Maidan police station patrolling the Ram Gulam Chowk area on foot. The cops chased them and intercepted the duo.

“During interrogations, Muthuk and Moorti said 10 of them had come to the city for looting. Their primary targets were people getting out of banks with cash. But they took all kinds of chances,” another police officer said.

“The group split into some teams and moves around the city. They had a bundle of new currency notes of Rs 10 denomination, which they had divided among themselves. They thought anyone would be enticed by the fresh currency notes scattered on streets,” the SSP said.

The police have recovered around Rs 25,000 from the duo. Most of the seized currency notes were of Rs 10 denomination.

The SSP said the duo used to hide some Rs 10 currency notes under their caps. They used to scatter them secretly in front of vehicles and drew the attention of drivers towards them.

“The police suspect they were involved in several such loots and verifying it. Eight more members of the gang are in the open and the police will arrest them,” the SSP said.