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Beware! Innocent target of interstate gangs

The city is increasingly becoming a soft target for criminal gangs from across the country, including Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The modus operandi, revealed after the arrest of two criminals from Tamil Nadu on Thursday, has baffled police. The gangs often come to Bihar from other states, commit a crime and flee, setting the men-in-uniform on a wild goose chase.

Two men of the Tamil Nadu gang scattered money on the city roads to lure gullible people and thereafter, looted them. Eight members of the gang are still at large.

A police officer told The Telegraph: “We came across quite a few instances since mid-2013 in which criminals, based outside the state, have sneaked into Patna to commit crimes. Some have been nabbed but it is difficult to bust such rackets for lack of information on them.”

On December 30, 2013, one Raju Singh, a developer, was robbed of Rs 7 lakh after he stepped out of Indian Bank at Biscomaun Building in Gandhi Maidan police station area.

The police, with the help of the footage from closed-circuit television cameras, identified the two men and nabbed them from an air-conditioned compartment of 13246 Capital Express bound for New Jalpaiguri, from Patna Junction.

“A police team from Gandhi Maidan police station has been sent to the Fatapukur-Jhanjupara village of Bengal for an in-depth probe. The two accused, identified as Vinay Gwala and Vijendra Gwala, hailed from the same village. The local Rajganj police told us that the menfolk of the village were involved in criminal activities and travelled to cities outside Bengal for operations. These two accused had come to Patna with four others on three bikes. After scanning various localities of the city, they targeted people leaving banks with money. Once the crime was committed, they went to Danapur railway station and sent their bikes home through parcel booking and boarded a train back,” the officer added.

Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj, when contacted, confirmed the facts.

On April 17, 2013, a theft was reported from Bakarganj-based Kasturi Jewellers in which criminals broke into the store and decamped with ornaments worth almost Rs 1 crore.

Ten days later, the cops nabbed two members of the gang and found them to be natives of Sahebganj district of Jharkhand.

“Police nabbed bike and car lifters, most of whom hailed from different places in Uttar Pradesh,” said another police officer.