The district police claim to have busted a gang of thieves stealing power-backup batteries installed at the base of mobile towers, after the arrest of five members. An ex-employee of a mobile company has been identified as the kingpin of the gang and is still at large.
Sources said that the accused were arrested when they were on their way from Ropar from Rahon in a Tata-407 vehicle loaded with batteries. "The accused have been identified as Jaspal Singh, a resident of Mutharha Kalan village (Jalandhar), Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Nawan Shahr, Amandeep Sood, a resident of village Rampur, (Nawanshahr), Ved Parkash and Hardeep Lal, both residents of Rahon. Amandeep Sood was working as the tower repair mechanic with a mobile company and he was well-versed with the working and installation of batteries at the base of tower," added sources.
"The mastermind of the gang, Manglish, a resident of Batala (Gurdaspur), who is also an ex-employee of a mobile company is still at large. The police have recovered 40 batteries from the vehicle. The vehicle was also stolen," added sources.
All the accused have been booked under section 379 (punishment for theft) of the Indian Penal Code.