SENIOR COPS finally broke their silence over the sensational gold loot case and announced arrest of five policemen including two sub-inspectors (S-I) on Thursday. The accused were produced before the court and sent to jail. Two of the accused, who had tipped-off policemen about movement of the traders, too are in police custody, but their arrest is yet to be announced.
Following their confession, all the accused, including S-Is-Santosh Singh and Brijnath Yadav, who were earlier attached to CM security, have been placed under suspension.
They looted four kgs of gold worth Rs 36 lakh from two Allahabad-based traders on September 19.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Lucknow GK Goswami produced the accused policemen before the media persons along with three kgs of gold. A team to recover the remaining gold from the two absconding accused Neeraj and Subhash Yadav, who belong to Gorakhpur, is already on it way, said Goswami. Sequence of event narrated by the accused established that the two S-Is had indeed hatched the plan to loot the traders.
The other three accused have been identified as Sushil Pachauri and Alok Singh (both constables of special operation group, Lucknow) and Santosh Tiwari (a suspended UP STF constable). Goswami also revealed that it was S-I Yadav who roped in other policemen in the conspiracy.
Narrating their plan to Hindustan Times, Yadav informed that one of his friends Neeraj visited him on the morning of September 19 and informed him about two Allahabad-based traders arriving in Lucknow to purchase a big consignment of gold from a Chowk jeweller. Neeraj was aware of the business, as he had worked as a carrier for many jewellers in Gorakhpur earlier.
Yadav then contacted his friend Santosh Singh, who was earlier posted with Lucknow SOG and was known to many serving SOG personnel, and asked him to make arrangement for the loot.
Subsequently, Singh contacted Pachauri and Alok. He also took along Tiwari and five of them abducted Sonu and Tinku, the traders who were carrying gold.
After snatching gold from them, the accused asked the victims to leave. While Singh, Yadav and Tiwari left for Behraich, SOG policemen Sushil and Alok returned to their homes. However, the cops could not keep the loot a secret and landed in police net.
SSP Goswami informed that police teams engaged in investigations of the case recovered one kg of gold each from Singh, Yadav and Tiwari. He also claimed to have arrested the five policemen from different places in the city on Thursday itself.