BANGANGA POLICE have arrested eight members of a gang of thieves who stole grain sacks from goods trains. Police have recovered 30 sacks weighing around 16 quintal from the miscreants.
Police had received information that a gang, active in Bhagirathpura area, used to board goods trains, force open the locks of bogies and steal whatever they found handy.
The miscreants used to board the train from Laxmibai Nagar station and throw out goods when the train reached Panchmori bridge near Bhagirathpura.
Meanwhile, other gang members collected these items and whisked them away. Since most of the goods trains go very slow in this segment, the miscreants took advantage of it. A team from Banganga police station led by TI T S Baghel hid under the bridge on Monday night.
The moment gang members started throwing sacks down the bridge, the police swung into action and nabbed those on the train as well as those waiting near the bridge. However, some of the accused managed to escape.
Those arrested have been identified as Akhilesh, Anil alias Manju, Shyamlal, Munshilal Yadav, Nirmal, Rakesh alias Appu, Raju Borasi and Sonu alias Kangaru.
Police said most of those arrested are hammals. They made use of the stolen goods for their own consumption and sold off the excess in market.
The modus operandi of the accused is similar to that of Kanjars who stole goods from moving trucks between Dewas and Manpur.