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Tighten legal noose, say police Highway robbers held

Three persons, members of two interstate gangs of highway robbers that targeted cattle traders, have been arrested from Baharagora and Dumaria in Ghatshila subdivision, 70-80km from Jamshedpur, in the past 24 hour.

They have been identified as Sajjad Ansari, a native of Bagmundi in Purulia district of Bengal, and brothers Nitai and Vrindaban Dutta, both residents of Dumaria. A stolen bike and three cellphones were found on the trio whose gangs waylaid and robbed cattle traders at gunpoint because the latter are known to carry hefty cash and are also easy to catch off guard.

On June 4, Baharagora trader Gautam Kumar Giri had fallen prey to a gang on NH-33 near Rangamatia village in Dumaria while biking his way to Haldipokhar in Potka to buy cattle. The trigger-happy criminals had snatched away his bike, Rs 6,500 in cash and two mobile phones. The victim had lodged an FIR with Dumaria police against unknown persons.

On Tuesday, Nitai was arrested following a tip-off. Giri’s bike and phones were found in his possession. On being interrogated, he confessed to his involvement in the June 4 attack and named brother Vrindaban and another Ramchandra Nayak as his aides. Vrindaban was arrested from Dumaria on Wednesday. Hunt is on for Nayak, a resident of Bangriposhi in Mayurbhanj, Odisha.

On the other hand, Sajjad was nabbed from Baharagora on Tuesday night for robbing cattle trader Isa Khan on NH-33 on Sunday afternoon. Three men on a bike had intercepted Khan and snatched away Rs 4 lakh and a cellphone at gunpoint while he was returning home from Jamshedpur. An FIR was lodged with Baharagora police against unknown persons that led to the arrest.

During interrogation, Sajjad named Mohammed Chhotnu and Mohammed Karim as accomplices. They are residents of Tiruldih in Seraikela-Kharsawan and Balrampur in Purulia, respectively.

Rural SP Shailendra Kumar Sinha confirmed the arrests. “Cattle traders travel on NH-33 with good amount of cash. These gangs keep tabs on their movements to attack them. We have arrested three and are hunting for others,” he said, adding that the three were forwarded to Ghatshila Subdivisional Jail.

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