SSP Amol V Homkar (left) with the arrested at his office on Friday. (Bhola Prasad)
East Singhbhum police, under fire for the spurt in thefts and burglaries in the district, on Friday claimed to have busted a gang by arresting 10 persons.
The police also said that they recovered stolen ornaments, including 3kg of molten silver, from two jewellery repair shops belonging to two of the accused from Bagbera in Jamshedpur. Some tools used to break open locks on gates and doors and an SUV that the thieves allegedly used to execute their plots have been also seized.
Of the 10, eight — Charu Pingua, Shravan Kumar, Sonu Prasad, Vikash Sharma, Sujit Sharma, Sambharu Sahu, Kishan Singh and Rajesh Singh, aged 20-25 — reportedly carried out the crimes. The SUV belongs to Rajesh.
The other two — Shiv Prasad Sahu (50) and Fakirchand Prasad (45) — are owners of the jewellery repair shops that purchased the booty.
Announcing the breakon Friday, East Singhbhum SSP Amol V. Homkar said: “The gang had been active in the city for six months and had committed thefts at shops in Bagbera, Jugsalai and Golmuri. They also raided shops in Gamharia and Seraikela in Seriakela-Kharsawan district.”
The arrests were made by a task force that Homkar had formed two days ago to crack down on criminals in the wake of increasing incidents of theft and robberies in the steel city.
“The task force comprised the officers-in-charge of Golmuri, Jugsalai and Bagbera police stations. Led by Jugsalai officer-in-charge Arun Kumar Mishra, the team acted on a tip-off and raided a house at Babgera from where Charu Pingua was nabbed. Pingua spilled the beans on his gang members and the task force conducted raids and rounded up one after the other from Bagbera,” he added.
The police’s claims were strongly refuted by the kin of one of the accused. Pingua’s relatives said he had been falsely implicated.
“Pingua had once been sent to jail for theft. After being released, he stop all criminal activities and started working as a daily wager at a construction firm. But police picked up him up around 15 days ago in the name of interrogation and sent him to jail today (Friday) after implicating him in the theft cases,” claimed the accused’s relative.
Relatives of Rajesh Singh made similar allegations. According to them, the vehicle the police seized from him was not used in criminal activities. Rajesh was using it as a taxi to ferry passengers from Tatanagar station, they added.