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Eight held for loot on trains

Patna, Aug. 22: They are smart, young, neatly dressed, can speak fluent English and most importantly, they buy tickets while boarding trains.

However, behind the garb are expert thieves, who can sneak in your luggage and vanish in seconds before you come to know that your luggage is missing.

The government railway police (GRP), on Sunday, arrested eight youths, all aged between 19 and 22 years involved in stealing luggage of co-passengers.

The thieves were arrested on the Bhagalpur-Intercity Express.

“The gang has many members and we have managed to nab eight of them today. The kingpin, known as Baba, is absconding and we are searching for him. The gang used to operate between Danapur and Patna City railway stations. They used to get on a train with five of them stationing themselves in a particular compartment,” the official said. He added that all of them deceived everyone with their appearances.

When asked the modus operandi of the gang, Prasad said: “One who lifted a luggage used to pass it on to the second member of the gang. The second one used to rush it to the adjacent compartment and handed it to the third member. This continued till the bag was pushed far away from the passenger. The distance between the two stations takes between half-an-hour to one hour. And then all of them used to get down at Patna City.”

“If any victim tried to raise voice, the thieves countered the allegations by showing them a proper railway ticket,” Prasad said.

“Our men are on their toes and are making tremendous efforts. The entire gang will be busted soon,” Prasad said.

He said: “Those arrested are being interrogated for more inputs.”

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