Love, it seems, glitters brighter than gold. The railway police here have arrested Manoj (22), a resident of Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh from here, and recovered from him the gold items that he had stolen on a train.
Accused of stealing the items on a running train, love, though fake, brought Manoj all the way from UP to Faridkot on Sunday, making him fall into the police trap straightway.
Manoj was accused of stealing gold jewellery of the wife of an army man from Kerala while he was travelling in a train from Delhi to Faridkot on the intervening night of December 2 and 3.
The complaint by the army man said that Manoj was travelling with him when he was coming to Faridkot along with his wife and a child. "But, between Narwana and Tohana, I found him missing with the hand bag of my wife that contained some gold ornaments such as neck chain, earrings and rings besides a mobile
phone," stated the complaint.
"We forwarded the complaint through our department to Narwana, where a case under section 379(theft) was registered against the accused," said Sukhdev Singh, SHO, railway police, Faridkot.
"The accused started using the SIM card of the mobile, which was there in the bag of the wife of the army man and allegedly established contact with some woman whose mobile number was available on the phone. Their conversation continued as an alleged love affair for some days and then, as a trap, the woman asked him to come to Faridkot to meet her. He followed and visited Faridkot, where he was arrested by the police on Sunday," police sources said.
"We have recovered the stolen gold items worth Rs 1.75 lakh. Some of the gold was recovered from his possession while he was arrested and after that, he was taken to Mathura from where more was recovered. He has been remanded to police custody by the court till Friday and further investigation is on," said Sukhdev Singh, SHO, railway police Faridkot.
The railway police have registered another case under Section 411(dishonestly receiving and retaining stolen property) of IPC against Manoj.
"He was working in a factory in Faridabad in Haryana and was in the habit of stealing small things such as mobile phones, etc," the SHO claimed.