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STF busts gang, works out train robbery case

THE SPECIAL Task Force (STF), on Saturday, busted an inter-state gang and worked out a theft case in which a passenger of the Gorakhnath Express was robbed of jewellery worth Rs 1.5 crore last month. The sleuths arrested three members of the gang, including the leader, who was a woman. The sleuths recovered the booty from the possession of the thieves. Director general of police Bua Singh announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for the STF team.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 11:04 IST

THE SPECIAL Task Force (STF), on Saturday, busted an inter-state gang and worked out a theft case in which a passenger of the Gorakhnath Express was robbed of jewellery worth Rs 1.5 crore last month.

The sleuths arrested three members of the gang, including the leader, who was a woman. The sleuths recovered the booty from the possession of the thieves. Director general of police Bua Singh announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for the STF team.

Inspector general (IG), STF, Jagmohan Yadav, said he put a team led by ASP Vijay Bhushan and Deputy SP Shahab Rashid Khan on the job. He took the step after he was assigned the task of busting a gang engaged in stealing expensive belongings from train passengers.

Senior superintendent of police, STF, SK Bhagat said a leading businessman of Gorakhpur Ashok Kumar Gupta was travelling in the Gorakhpur-bound Gorakhnath Express, along with his family, on May 25.

While the Guptas were fast sleep on their berths in the air-conditioned second class coach, jewellery and a platinum watch was stolen from the purse of Gupta’s wife.

The booty included a diamond necklace worth Rs 50 lakh and a watch worth Rs 8 lakh, besides other jewellery. The thief had taken away a mobile phone, too.

The STF sleuths put the stolen mobile phone under surveillance and trapped three of the gang members —  Sangita Agrawal, her son Kishan alias Bittu of Mau district and Mushir Ahmed alias Bobby of Shehbazganj, Gorakhpur. 

Sangita, who heads the gang, said she used to travel in AC coaches of different trains on Gorakhpur route and steal belongings of passengers. While she was travelling in the same coach as the Guptas, she laid her hands on a purse of a woman member of the family.

She further said she found jewellery, a watch and a mobile in the purse and detrained at the next station. The gang members were about to sell the booty when the police arrested them.