Jamshedpur : In a major breakthrough in the Rs 12 lakh gold ornaments robbery at Jugsalai on March 1, the police arrested six persons including two jewelers Wednesday.
The police have recovered gold jewelery weighing 150 grams worth Rs 4.75 lakh, Rs 1.78 lakh in cash, a new sports bike and five cell phones from the possession of the arrested persons.
Those arrested have been identified as Barun Sharma, Pervez Alam, Manoj Sao, Sanjiv Chowdhury, all in their early twenties and involved in the robbery and Manoj Burman (45) and Raju Burman (35), both residents of Olidih in Mango.
Apart from these arrested persons, two more criminals, Mohammed Imtiaz alias Chhota Chini and Mohammad Raqu, both residents of Azadnagar, Mango were also involved in the robbery, but have managed to escape arrest.
Revealing about their achievement, senior superintendent of police Amol V Homkar said that the six criminals had on March 1 night followed the Calcutta-based gold trader Mintu Karmakar from Sakchi and had finally robbed him at Jugsalai market.
The victim was identified as Mintu Karmakar. He is a resident of Jahura Bazar Lane in Kolkata. Sources informed that he had come to the steel city for business in the city. The incident took place at around 10 pm when Karmakar (57) was returning to Rahul Lodge in Jugsalai where he has staying.
According to sources, the victim was returning to the lodge by walking as he took a turn toward his lodge, two biker-borne criminals suddenly appeared before him and forcibly snatched away the bag which contained the gold ornaments and the cash.
Sources said the victim was talking over his cell-phone, which fell down from his hand and was damaged. Soon afterward he went to the Jugsalai police station to file the police complaint.
The officer-on-duty said that those committed the crime must have followed the victim’s activity closely before committing the loot. Sources informed that Karmakar used to visit the steel city regularly and stay at the lodge. He used to supply gold ornaments to some of the jewelers here in Sakchi , Kadma and Sonari.
As the price of gold skyrockets with each passing day, snatchers in the city are striking it ric Moreover incidents of conmen diverting the attention of the public and making away with their bags containing cash and valuables have also been on the rise in the city.
Despite efforts to curb the incidents by the police the situation remain the same.
Though such incidents are frequently occurring in various parts of the city, the police have not able to control the situation. People coming out of the cases banks after withdrawing money have been the victims in a majority.
A majority of chain snatching incidents have taken place during afternoon and late evening hours when it is difficult to identify snatchers.
Snatchers grab the victims from the back and snatch their chains, earrings and other ornaments and escape from the scene within seconds.
They target women who pass through deserted areas. Most of them are active in the evenings and the normal targets are women above 50 years.
Though 10 anti-chain snatching squads were formed last year, and they were provided with motorcycles, it has been difficult to nab the culprits. The modus operandi is the same for the most part.