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Fuel station theft: Sec-8 phone booth owner held

A day after two unidentified men stole Rs 3 lakh from a fuel station in the posh Sector 4 on Sunday night, the police arrested the owner of a telephone booth in Sector 8.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 19, 2013 00:24 IST

A day after two unidentified men stole Rs 3 lakh from a fuel station in the posh Sector 4 on Sunday night, the police arrested the owner of a telephone booth in Sector 8.

Ram Raj, a resident of Mauli Jagran, was arrested under Section 41 of the CrPC. Police claimed that two of the three calls that had been made to threaten the owner of the fuel station had been made from Ram Raj's booth.

A source in the police claimed that the arrest came as the booth owner was hiding information pertaining to the identity of the thieves. Section 41 of the CrPc is used when police arrest a person without warrant.

Pump owner Nihar Mohinder Singh had claimed that she got a call at the petrol pump on Monday morning after the theft. She had told the police that the caller had threatened of more thefts in the city.

In the past month, the owner had received two calls, warning her of thefts at her fuel station. One of the calls was tracked down to Ram Raj's telephone booth.

The police had claimed that the telephone booth owner had not kept a record of the callers who used his booth. A source in the police said even the first call made to the fuel pump owner was from Mauli Jagran where Ram Raj lives.

A police official said they suspect Ram Raj knew about those involved in the theft that took place at the grocery store of the fuel station, but was not divulging their details.

Fuel station owner Nihar Mohinder Singh, meanwhile, met the UT inspector general of police RP Upadhyaya on Tuesday. Police also plan to question a property dealer in connection with the theft. Police say the dealer has a dispute with the fuel station owner. Deputy superintendent of police (central) Ashish Kapoor said: "We are going through the CCTV footage and would soon be able to track the accused."