Police bust gang of cell-phone snatchers


    Jamshedpur : The police on Monday busted a gang of criminals who used to snatch cell-phones in localities like Kadma, Sonari, Bagbera and Bistupur.

    Those arrested were identified as Abdul Rahim (19), Nawaz Sharif (19), Sarfaraj Alam (19) and Saheed Ali (20), all residents of Jugsalai.

    The police have recovered two motorcycles and seven smart-phones, the cost of each of the handset was above Rs 20,000.

    Superintendent of police (city) Karthik S said that the rang used to target the evening walkers. After the two successive incident of mobile snatching incidents, the circle inspector, Kadma-Sonari BK Chaturbedi set up a team comprised of officers-in-charge Kadma police station and Sonari police station and launched an intensified search operation,” said Karthik.

    The City SP said acting on a tip off about the mobile snatchers’ gang and on Sunday night nabbed a youth Abdul Rahim on suspicion. “On being interrogated, Rahim who is a resident of Mahtopara Road Jugsalai accepted that they had a gang of mobile-snatchers and that confessed that they had been operating in different parts of the city for snatching the cell-phones since the past 10 months,” the SP (City) said .

    According to the senior police officer, Rahim had subsequently divulged the names of three others, leading the police to arrest one after another. The police recovered two stolen cell-phones from the possession of Rahim while arresting him last night.

    The team arrested rest of the three members of the gang this morning, and recovered five more stolen cell-phones from them. Karthik, on being asked, said that the criminals would sell off the stolen cell-phones at throw-away prices to people and four of the seven confiscated hand-sets had already been sold out to people.

    In this connection, the police have registered a case of loot against the four with the Sonari police station. Areas like Sakchi Bistupur main road, railway station, Kadma Sonari link road are more prone to such cases. The gang ride up to the victim in their motorcycle and ask for directions.

    At a convenient time they commit the crime and flee the scene,” said a police official. He said that the police department has decided to increase vigil in those areas and night patrolling will be intensified.

    Incidents of conmen diverting the attention of the public and making away with their bags containing cash and valuables have 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 banks after withdrawing money have been the victims in a majority of the cases.
    A majority of 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.


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