Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, July 5: Two out of the four mentioned accused who looted Rs 90,000 cash and a pickup van from the vicinity of Barabanki bridge under MGM police station on Monday, May 31 have been arrested. The two accused arrested included mastermind Suraj Giri, a resident of Babudih in Sidgora and the man who sold the pickup van, Dhananjay Singh of Bhuinyadih Gwala Basti. Although the cash looted from the driver Sonu Mahto and handyman Sandip Das at knife point at around 8:30 pm on May 31 has not been recovered yet, the police traced the van to Hasan Bazaar’s Basmapur village in Bihar. Incidentally, Dhananjay Singh had sold the pickup van to Basmapur resident, Nandji for Rs 40,000. Police have recovered the vehicle and have launched a manhunt for the two other members of the four member gang. They are also trying to nab Nandji who is absconding.
This information was given at the MGM police station by DSP Patamda, Sumit Kumar on Monday, July 5. He said that there were some more persons involved in the case and that the police were trying to round them up. He said that the pickup van was sold to Basmapur village (Hasan Bazaar of Bihar) resident, Nandji for Rs 40, 000. But the money looted had not yet been recovered.
It may be mentioned that on the night of Monday, May 31, four miscreants had stopped the pickup van near the Barabanki Bridge. The driver, Sonu Mahto of Baliguma in Chakulia and handyman Sandip Das, were taken to a nearby jungle by three of the miscreants and roughed up. They also snatched Rs 90,000 from them at knife point. The fourth member of the gang drove away with the pickup van while the other three deserted Sonu Mahto and Sandip Das in the jungle and fled.
Sonu and Sandip somehow managed to reach MGM police station and reported the matter. A case was filed and investigation launched. The pickup van staff stated that they had gone to Lohardaga to unload a consignment of fish and were on their way back to Chakulia when the dacoity was committed near the Barabanki Bridge.