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Fourteen pickpockets arrested

Calcutta: City cops have arrested 14 people, including nine women, in connection with picking pockets of people during the year-end festivities.

The accused mixed in the crowd at various places such as Alipore zoo, New Market, Indian Museum, Science City, and Victoria Memorial and tried to pickpocket unsuspecting revellers before cops caught them, an officer in Lalbazar said.

The women used children as props to pretend as tourists visiting Calcutta, the officer said.

Watch section officers of the detective department had fanned out across tourist spots in the city and looked out for suspicious activities.

"The officers arrested 14 people from across Calcutta between Christmas and New Year," additional commissioner Vishal Garg said. "The women had children in their laps to pretend they were tourists visiting the city."

The arrested are residents of South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, and Jamtara in Jharkhand, and one is from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, an officer in Lalbazar said.

The police had chalked out a detailed plan to keep an aye against pickpockets in the festive season, the police said.

Plainclothesmen were deployed across places that attract maximum people during festivals and year-end festivities. "There are gangs that land in the city during festivals.... This is one such gang," the officer in Lalbazar said.

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