The Fatehgarh Sahib police have averted a major dacoity with the arrest of four members of a gang of thieves, who planned to carry out a massive robbery in the district.
The four accused, Radhe Sham and Sodhi, residents of Haji Pur in Bihar; Jaswant Singh and Mangat Ram, residents of Shahkot in Jalandhar district, were nabbed with two country-made 315-bore pistols, one branded 32-bore pistol, live ammunition, a sword, an Innova car (PB 08 BC 8071) and a vehicle, Tempo Traveller from their possession.
The police have also recovered 2.9 quintals of copper wire besides a few dismantled transformers from the accused.
District police chief Gurmeet Singh Randhawa said, "During investigation the accused had revealed before the police that they had stolen 150 transformers from across the state, of which 125 were stolen from the district alone."
Randhawa said encouraged by the theft the accused had recently acquired weapons to carry out a major robbery in Punjab by targeting a prominent commission agent.
He said mastermind of the gang identified as Chhinda had managed to give the slip to the police. "Chhinda was a trained electrician and used to give directions to other members of the gang while removing the transformers," he added.
He said about one dozen cases had been registered against the accused at police stations across the state.
He said investigations were on to identify the scrap dealer to whom the accused used to sell the copper wire. He said raids were also being conducted to nab Chhinda who is evading arrest.
Randhawa added that police had filed a case against the accused under IPC 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity) and 402 (assembling for purposes of committing dacoity) and investigations were on.