Delhi Police on Sunday claimed to have busted a gang allegedly involved in theft of underground MTNL cable with the arrest of six people, including a labour contractor, and seized around 300 kg of cable from them.
The arrested have been identified as labour contractor Kishori (35), Parsu Ram (21), Raju Thapa (24), Ram Kishan Bahadur (24), Aakash (20) and scrap dealer Rajender (44).
With their arrests on Saturday, around 300 kg of stolen telephone cable and a tempo used for transportation of stolen materials were recovered, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) HGS Dhaliwal said.
The arrests came following investigations into a complaint filed by BB Rishi, Area Manager (Jor Bagh and CGO Complex) of MTNL, regarding theft of underground cable in some areas of the capital.
Dhaliwal said it came to light that a few labour contractors who had once worked with MTNL in laying these cables underground were the main conspirators behind such thefts.
"The work of laying down the cable is usually done by the contractors and much workforce is involved in the process. The contractors knew exactly at what place the MTNL cable had been laid underground," he said.
He said the gang was arrested when they came to Lodhi Colony in the garb of MTNL workers and started to dig out a specific cable.
The gang had allegedly stolen cable in Karol Bagh, Lodhi Colony, RK Puram, Naraina, ITO, Laxmi Nagar, Dhaula Kuan, Adchini and Civil Lines. They told police that there are several gangs involved in the crime and part time scrap dealers were receiving the stolen property.
"Kishori, who had once worked with MTNL as a labour contractor along with his brother-in-law Ganpati, knew many areas in Delhi where the underground cable was laid.
"These criminals are basically targeting dead cable abandoned by the MTNL officials after laying down the new cable in the area," Dhaliwal said.