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Police crack loot case, all 3 in cuffs

Sakchi police on Friday arrested two persons, allegedly part of a gang that looted Rs 3.83 lakh in cash from a rice trader on January 25, and recovered a bulk of the money.

Ghatshila resident Tufan Kalindi and Barinagar resident Mohammed Ahsan Alam alias Chand had ganged up with trader Vishwanath Mandal’s driver Kinkar Patro. While Kalindi and Chand were nabbed from their homes, Patro had already been arrested from Kadma on last Saturday — the day of the crime.

Police also recovered Rs 3.4 lakh of the amount looted from Chand and Kalindi.

East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amol V. Homkar said the trader’s driver Patro had ganged up with Chand and Kalindi, who was Mandal’s former driver, to loot the trader.

Homkar said the rice trader had been collecting money from retailers in Kadma, Sonari, Golmuri, Sakchi and Jugsalai on the fateful day.

After collecting Rs 3.83 lakh, Mandal went to a retailer in Sakchi, instructing Patro to stay put in the vehicle, where he had stashed the cash. “After 10 minutes of leaving the driver in his car, the trader got a call on his cellphone from a stranger, saying his driver was abducted and tied up behind a Kadma temple. Mandal rushed to Sakchi police station and lodged an FIR,” said SSP Homkar.

A police team accompanied Mandal to the Kadma temple where they found Patro and the SUV but not the cash. On being grilled, Patro said that a gang abducted him from Sakchi and took the money.

“But we suspected Patro and interrogated him further. After prolonged questioning, he gave in and said the two others took the money that the three would distribute among themselves,” Homkar said.

“Finally, in the small hours of Friday, we were able to nab the two,” Homkar said, adding that Chand has already been charge-sheeted by Telco police in connection with a theft.