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Loot-to-save crime lord in net

A seasoned criminal, who had been robbing people since 1999 and depositing a portion of the stolen money into his bank account as “savings”, has landed in the Bokaro police net.

Though earlier arrested several times for loot and robbery, Mohammad Akhtar, alias Danish (42), a resident of Jarangdih in Bokaro thermal power station police station area, went back to his “profession” every time he got bail.

But police again caught up with him when Danish along with his crony Mahendra Thakur (29), a resident of Sadam in Gomia, was fleeing after robbing Bermo businessman D.P. Agrawal near Pipradih railway crossing at Chandrapura late on Saturday. They had robbed Agrawal of Rs 42,000 in cash, a gold ring and mobile phones at gunpoint. But some villagers caught them and turned them over to police. Two countrymade revolvers, five cartridges, two stolen mobile phones and a motorcycle have been recovered from the duo.

However, the arrests were announced on Monday.

“Danish is a professional robber, whose entire family — father, uncle and cousins — have been to jail several times in a series of loots and robberies. There are several pending cases against Danish in 18 police stations of Dhanbad and Bokaro districts. After a robbery, he used to put 25 per cent of the booty in his bank account that he opened about 14 years ago,” Bokaro superintendent of police (SP) Jitendra Singh said while presenting the duo before the media.

At present, there is more than Rs 4 lakh in his bank account, the SP added.

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