|Gaya SSP Nishant Kumar Tiwari (left) at the news meet on Tuesday. Picture by Suman Alok Kumar in Gaya
Seven criminals who had robbed a bullion trader of gold ornaments worth Rs 12 lakh in Gaya on Republic Day have been arrested.
Police are, however, not resting easy — officers believe the gang has more members — and are continuing with the investigation in the case.
Gaya senior superintendent of police Nishant Kumar Tiwari on Tuesday said the officers have recovered Rs 3.78 lakh and 87gm out of 500gm of ornaments robbed from the trader, Deepak Kumar, on January 26. Fourteen cellphones and SIM cards have also been recovered. The team that carried out the arrests in and around Gaya town was formed under deputy superintendent of police Alok Kumar Singh.
The team had first arrested Rinku Miyan and Pinku Lala from Gaya town a few days back. After forwarding the duo to jail, the police gathered information from them and conducted raids to nab the other gang members.
Between Sunday and Monday, the gang’s kingpin, Abhishek Kumar alias Sumit alias Mithu, and other members — Kapil Yadav, Munna Lala, Pappu Manjhi and Amarkant Kumar — were picked up from different areas in Gaya town.
Tiwari said the police was tracking the cellphone records of the criminals. He added that Pappu and Kapil had gone to Calcutta with their share of the loot and sold it for Rs 4 lakh. Of that, the police recovered Rs 3.78 lakh.
On the gang’s modus operandi, Tiwari said Abhishek used to keep a close watch over the movement of bullion traders in the town and formed gangs to rob them.
Deepak, a resident of Station Road, was robbed near Gaya railway station under the jurisdiction of Kotwali police station on January 26. He was on his way home with the ornaments from Delhi. The criminals hurled a crude bomb at Deepak and opened fire in the air to terrorise the trader. The police did not find any firearms from the criminals’ possession.