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Lawkeepers turn robbers

Gold was looted from Allahabad-based traders in Lucknow recently, reports Bhupendra.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 04:34 IST
Bhupendra

Gold was looted from Allahabad-based traders in Lucknow recently. Guess who hatched the plot to loot them? The city's policemen.

Two of them, Brijraj Yadav and Santosh Singh, are sub-inspectors deployed in the Chief Minister's residence. Two others are Sushil Pachauri and Alok Singh, both constables with the Lucknow special operation group (SOG). The fifth is Santosh Tiwari, a suspended constable with the Special Task Force.

The conspiracy was unravelled after the victims, who were abducted before they were looted, identified the constables.

On Sunday, Pachauri and Alok surrendered before the a senior officer and spilled the beans. The police also seized the service pistols of Pachauri and Alok.

On Monday, it was Yadav's turn to surrender. A probe team allegedly recovered 2 kg gold from his possession.

Police officials also raided the premises of Ajit Singh, a relative of Santosh Singh, on Sunday night and recovered 1 kg gold. Santosh Singh and Tiwari are absconding.

However, there was no official word on the arrests. When contacted, police officials said they were still trying to nab them.

In all, gold worth Rs 36 lakh was looted from the traders.

Inspector General, Lucknow Zone, AK Gupta interrogated Pachauri and Singh at the crime branch office on Monday.

Pachauri and Alok claimed that Yadav and Singh had masterminded the looting. They were helped by a police informer and two other civilians. Pachauri and Alok said they came into the picture much later.

A Maruti van was used to abduct the traders and loot them. While the five policemen were in the car, the others followed them on two motorcycles. After looting, Yadav, Singh and Tiwari fled with the booty, the constables said.