Saturday, February 20, 2010

Chain-snatcher gang busted: 5 held

13 Feb 2010 JAIPUR: Police busted a gang of chain-snatchers and arrested five men here on Friday. They were reportedly involved in many recent chain-snatching incidents creating panic among women. Acting on a tip-off, a police team headed by CO (Vishwakarma) Ramswaroop and Vidhyadhar Nagar SHO, nabbed Manoj Shikari (23), Jagmohan (23), Arjun alias Kalwa Singh (20) and Indrish (32), all city residents.

SP (north) Ashok Naruka said, "Manoj Shikari was arrested in 2009 along with his mother Anguri Devi and wife Seema for their involvement in chain-snatching incidents. There were 11 such cases registered against them with Murlipura and Jhotwara police stations. Anguri Devi is a history-sheeter of Jhotwara." He added Manoj is the mastermind and became active after his release from jail in August, 2009.
The police said that Arjun is brother-in-law of Manoj. "Arjun's father Dharm Singh is serving a life term for murder ," said the officer.
Naruka added the accused used to work as tempo drivers and conducted recce of the victims and places where they planned to strike. One of them, Indrish, used to sell the snatched chains after melting them.
The police said that the accused have so far confessed to having snatched nine gold chains in the Vidhyadhar Nagar and Muralipura areas. The police suspect they are involved in many other chain-snatching incidents in the city.

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