Police have arrested four people, including a 12-year-old boy, in connection with a mobile phone theft racket.
Investigating into a mobile theft complaint lodged with Bidhannagar East police station last month, the police arrested Raju Dey from the New Town area earlier this week.
After interrogating him, the police arrested another person, Saddam Hussain, on Thursday who revealed the names of two others staying near Salt Lake. Mohammed Wasim and the boy were arrested during a late night raid. The gang used to employ children aged between 8 and 15 to pick pockets in crowded places, the police said.
The gang used to visit villages in Purulia, East Midnapore, Bankura and South 24-Parganas and convince poor families to give away their children for a monthly payment, the police said.
So far the police have seized 38 mobile phones and 10 laptops from the gang.