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Dacoity bid nipped in bud

Five members of an interstate gang of dacoits, wanted in several dozen cases in Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, and planning another heist, were nabbed from Golmuri police station area late on Monday night.

The raid, triggered by a tip-off to the East Singhbhum SSP, also yielded four pistols, including an automatic of 7.65 calibre, a stolen SUV and six cellphones.

Those arrested have been identified as Amit Shah, alias Keshri Gupta, Rajesh Singh, Benjamin Tirkey, Guddu Singh and Saheed Khan.

Saheed (34) is a native of Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh and was wanted in 20 cases of abduction, loot and robbery in Mumbai and his home state. Both Keshri (32) and Rajesh (28) are residents of Ramgarh and accused in more than two dozen cases of robbery, loot, abduction and arms smuggling in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Benjamin (40), who lives in Nagri on the outskirts of Ranchi, is wanted in eight similar cases and Guddu (29), a resident of Adityapur, is accused in more than a dozen cases of loot and arms dealing in Seraikela-Kharsawan.

City SP Karthik S. said someone tipped off SSP Amol V. Homkar on the gang members, who had gathered near Garabasa Community Hall in Golmuri, and the latter set up the raid team.

During interrogation, the robbers said they were expecting other members of the gang to join them and confessed that they would have targeted a jewellery store in Bistupur had they not been busted.

A case under Sections 399 and 402 (conspiracy to commit dacoity) of the IPC and Sections 26-35 of the Arms Act has been registered against the five.