Four of the arrested robbers at the city SP’s office in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
In a major breakthrough, police on Wednesday busted a gang of robbers who targeted goods trucks on the Marine Drive stretch in Kadma, Sonari and Bistupur.
Acting on a tip-off, police arrested five persons, including a minor, and recovered Rs 29,000 in cash and other stolen articles from them.
Samrat Sardar (20), Gotu Karmakar (19), Akash Kumar (19), Sandeep Chhetri (20) and the 15-year-old minor are all residents of Sonari.
Superintendent of police (city) Karthik S. said the gang had robbed a trucker of Rs 70,000 in cash and a cellphone on the night of May 12 when the latter was taking rest after parking his vehicle near Heritage Mall on Marine Drive in Sonari.
“The truck driver, who hailed from Bihar, reported the matter on May 13, leading police to start investigations. Today (Wednesday) we nabbed Samrat on the basis of a tip-off. During interrogation, he divulged the whereabouts of his associates,” said the city SP.
Karthik added that the nabbed criminals had confessed to their involvement in a number of incidents of snatching and loot.
Police sources said the robbers targeted goods-laden trucks negotiating Marine Drive at night. On the slightest opportunity, they robbed the goods and sold them.
“As the construction of the Marine Drive is still incomplete, truckers drive slowly. Taking advantage of this, this gang robbed the heavy vehicles. They assaulted drivers and cleaners who resisted,” said Karthik. He added that the gang was active on the road from after 3am to daybreak.
The officer added that the gang had last struck less than a month ago.
On the night of April 27, the gang had intercepted a biker on the Bistupur stretch of the Drive and robbed him of cash and a cellphone. An FIR against unknown criminals had been lodged.
Karthik also revealed that police had started regular patrolling on the Marine Drive stretch passing along Bistupur, Kadma and Sonari.
“We have deputed a special patrolling party. But, we lack a proper petrol-driven vehicle for patrolling. We have been provided with a diesel truck that is not suitable for the purpose. Criminals hide after hearing the sound of the approaching truck,” an officer said, requesting anonymity.