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Bike & boat brigand held

Calcutta, March 22: A man arrested from Uttar Pradesh four days ago on the charge of robbing a tourist boat in the Sunderbans last month has apparently confessed to his involvement in at least one of several snatchings in south Calcutta that had made the customary morning walk terrifying for women.

Kutubuddin Laskar, police said, snatched several gold chains from pedestrians and morning walkers last year while riding motorcycles with his associates.

“We arrested him while probing how a group of 40 tourists had been robbed last month while sleeping in a launch anchored on the Matla in Kultali (60km from Calcutta). During interrogation, he confessed his involvement in a snatching that took place in the Calcutta police’s area,” said Anand Kumar, deputy inspector-general of police, Presidency Range.

In September, a gold necklace was snatched from an attendant at a government milk booth in Dhakuria by bike-borne miscreants who had fired in the air.

Within half an hour, the same group robbed a woman at Survey Park in Jadavpur by brandishing a firearm. A day earlier, a 68-year-old woman had been robbed at Central Park in Jadavpur by a snatcher who fired when a flower vendor tried to give chase.

“Laskar has confessed to his involvement in the Dhakuria incident,” said an officer with South 24-Parganas police. “But we suspect he was involved in four snatchings in Calcutta police’s area.”