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Three held in City for theft in Maharashtra

WHILE THE heightened vigil on suspicious elements has been unsuccessful so far in netting anyone associated with the recent spate of dacoities, the police were rewarded for their efforts with the arrest of three accused of a theft of Rs 8 lakh. The Annapurna police made the arrests late last night.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 16:29 IST

WHILE THE heightened vigil on suspicious elements has been unsuccessful so far in netting anyone associated with the recent spate of dacoities, the police were rewarded for their efforts with the arrest of three accused of a theft of Rs 8 lakh. The Annapurna police made the arrests late last night.

After the slew of dacoities and thefts, the police were on toes to nab the accused and avoiding repetition of such incidents. Superintendent Police (SP) Adarsh Katiyar had formed a team for this purpose with special instructions to be on the lookout for persons whose behaviour looked suspicious.

Recently, the team had received information of three persons living in a house in the Annapurna area. The three were reported to be doing no specific work and splurging without having any known source of income.

The police were keeping an eye on the three who partied every night. However, as they did not frequent any one place, their movements were erratic and thus hard to keep tabs on.

On Monday night the police received specific information that the three were wining and dining at Kabira restaurant in Sudama Nagar near Ring Road. Police surrounded the trio after they came out from the restaurant at around 9 pm. Two persons who were found sitting in a Maruti van (number MP 14 T 0005) and one on a Bajaj Kawasaki motorcycle (number 09 JG 5908) used by them for travel were seized for investigation.

On interrogation, the person driving the van who said he owned it identified himself as Ram Singh Harijan alias Bhaya (20) from Dongargaon in Barwani. The second one was identified as Rajaram alias Gundiya (25) from Jalkheda, also in Barwani.

The motorcyclist identified himself as Sai Singh Harijan alias Ghusiya (22) also from Dongargaon, Barwani. On being asked for identification or vehicle ownership and registration papers, they were unable to do so.

In their search the police recovered a 30 gram gold chain, an advance bill for crafting three gold rings at Rs 6,000, a bill for purchasing DVD worth Rs 3,600, a bill for crafting silver ornaments, an advance bill for Sanghi Motors of Rs 5,000 and Rs 86,000 in cash.

The three were unable to produce believable account for the same. Rai Singh later confessed that he had stolen Rs 8 lakh from the cleaner of the truck in the employ of his master, a cotton trader. He had committed the crime at Jalna in Maharashtra on December 14.

The accused had been living a life of luxury on the stolen money. The van had been purchased for Rs 80,000, motorcycle for Rs 21,000, gold chain for Rs 24,000 and other purchases, including clothes, had also been made.

It was also learnt that they had tried to purchase the flat where they were living in Sudama Nagar and had even given some money in advance to the landlord for cutting the deal.

Rai Singh had given his friend Mukesh a sum of Rs three lakh with which he had left for his home state Rajasthan. The police are contacting Songir police station in Dhulia district of Maharashtra, where a case is registered against the accused.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 16:29 IST