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5 in net for knife attack

The driver of a confectionery company was arrested along with his four cronies from the city on Thursday for plotting and executing a stab-and-rob plan on a salesman of the same firm a day ago.

Saurabh Biswas (26) was stabbed with a knife in the back and relieved of Rs 17,000 in cash by three men on a bike along Dimna Road in Olidih police station area while he was returning home to Sankosai in the company’s delivery vehicle on Wednesday afternoon. Driver Bittu Prasad was at the wheel.

Bittu was nabbed from his house on Tank Road after the victim, in his statement to police at hospital, expressed suspicion that the driver might have had a hand in the attack because the latter had suddenly slowed down the vehicle.

Interrogation led police to the other four, identified as Ravishankar Sahu, Shahbaz Ali, Afsar Hussain and Saddam Alam, all in the age group of 18 and 22 years. The assault knife was found on them.

SSP Amol V. Homkar said that while Ravishankar and Bittu had hatched the conspiracy, Sahbaz, Afsar and Sadam had executed the plan.

He maintained that all five had criminal antecedents although Bittu claimed Ravishankar, who had hired the three others, had also convinced him into taking part in the crime. “Ravishankar was not on the spot, but took his share of Rs 5,000,” the SSP said. The five were forwarded to judicial custody on Thursday afternoon.

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