SSP Amol V Homkar (right) at the news conference at his office on Friday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Burglars decamped with cosmetic products and foodgrain worth Rs 1.5 lakh from a godown in Mango while Kadma police busted a gang of snatchers in two separate incidents in the wee hours of Friday.
The burglary took place on Road No. 15 in Mango around 1am. Although godown owner Pramod Singh resides in the same building, he got no whiff of the burglary as he and his family were sleeping when the gang struck.
The criminals gained access to the godown after breaking open the locks. Police have registered a complaint and begun investigations.
Officer-in-charge of Mango police station Laxman Prasad confirmed the burglary, saying that four locks on the door were found broken.
“Though the godown owner has submitted a written complaint, he has not given details about the items missing,” Prasad said, admitting that the burglary took place despite extensive night patrolling by police across Mango.
A few hours after the break-in, police arrested four youths from near Bhatia Park in Kadma around 4.30am.
The arrested have been identified as Trinath Kumar, Raja Kumar Bahadur, Amit Shah and Chandra Shekhar Prasad — all in their mid-20s and residents of slums in the same locality.
Police recovered a gold chain, 30 iron rods and a motorcycle from them.
Speaking at a news conference, SSP Amol V. Homkar said a Kadma police party came across two bike-borne youths near Bhatia Bustee during patrolling.
“Suspecting foul play, the police team gestured to the bikers to stop, but they tried to flee and accidentally, the motorcycle skidded off the road. As the two fell on the ground, police caught them. During questioning, they revealed that two other gang members were behind them on a cycle. The team took them along with it and arrested the duo,” he added.
The gang was involved in several incidents of burglary, theft and chain snatching in Kadma, police found out during interrogations.
According to Homkar, police recovered a gold chain from the possession of one of the two who were nabbed first. Later, the four confessed that they would snatch gold chains from women at public places and commit burglaries at residences at night.
“We are trying to find out the specific chain-snatching incidents they were involved in. The arrests will definitely help us bring down crime level in the city to a large extent,” said the SSP.