Pune city police have arrested six persons for allegedly stealing 108 iron barges from Mutha river bed, officials said
PUNE: Pune city police have arrested six individuals for allegedly stealing 108 iron barges from the Mutha river bed, officials said. The suspects have been identified as Surendra Chandrika Yadav, Ramraksha Dharmaraj Paswan, Muniram Santaram Yadav, Rahul Amrika Yadav, Price alias Mithilesh Harishchandra Yadav and Pradip Ambika Prasad Kanojia. All the suspects are currently working as laborers in the city and are originally from Uttar Pradesh.
The incident took place between June 28 and July 21 on the Mutha riverbed in Bahuli village. The complaint about the theft was filed by Devidas Raosaheb Andhale, who works as a surveyor in the Irrigation Department of Khadakwasla region.
According to information from Uttam Nagar Police, on July 21, a night patrol team found a group of people roaming in a suspicious manner in Uttam Nagar area. When the police approached them for investigation, most of them fled and only Yadav was caught.
During the interrogation, the police came to know about the interstate gang involved in the theft of iron ships from the river bed.
Kiran Balwadkar, Senior Police Inspector (SPI) said: “Surendra Yadav and Ramraksha Paswan are the main defendants in this case, and they run scrap metal shops in Uttam Nagar and Sus-Pashan Road respectively. Other suspects helped the duo in crime.”
According to details revealed during the investigation, the police raided Paswan’s scrap yard and also arrested him. On July 22, the police received information that another suspect in this case will visit Yadav’s scrap shop in Uttam Nagar. Accordingly, a squad of police set the trap and arrested four more suspects in the case.
Umesh Rokade, Assistant Police Inspector (API), said: “During the investigation, it was found that the suspects had been involved in planning this robbery for the past 7-8 days. They stole a total of 108 ships and were arrested on July 21 while stealing another 50 ships.”
Police recovered two pick-up trucks and 62 barges €8.10 lakh.
On July 21, a case was registered at Uttam Nagar Police Station under Sections 379 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, and on July 25, the court took all the accused into custody.
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