The police arrested four persons on the charge of stealing (Compact fluorescent lamp) CFL bulbs from Thakurpukur market. The accused were produced before the local court and was remanded to judicial custody.
The kingpin of the racket, Gopal Das alias Hulo was grilled by the investigators to know the modus operandi. Cops seized thirty nine bulbs from them.
The traders association of the Thakurpukur market complained with the local police station about the incidents which had turned into repeated affair for the last few months. The police then started investigation.
On Saturday night, the officers managed to capture four thieves, who were trying to steal the CFLs from the shops.
“They were caught in the market lifting the lights from the thatched shops. Initially they were trying to escape the spot, but policemen from the patrolling jeep caught them in the market,” said a police officer.
Meanwhile, the local Councillor Sudip Polle had also complained with the police station that CFL bulbs were taken from some of the households as well.
“I have complained that CFLs were stolen from at least 35 houses in my locality. As I have heard that police already arrested four such thieves, I have requested the cops to look into the incidents of theft in my locality,” said Polle.
The police have learnt that at least 175 CFLs were stolen from Thakurpukur area. Those lights were sold at Chandni market in a much cheaper price.
“Das was involved in most of the cases. But it is not only Das who is involved in this trade. A racket is operating in this area with most of the thieves coming from North 24 Parganas,” said the investigating officer.
The traders association of the Thakurpukur market gave a deputation to the local police station.