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Nine arrested from Patna over dacoities across state

Police conducted raids and arrested eight others. They managed to recover a huge quantity of gold that they had looted from the offices of the non-banking financial companies. Police also managed to arrest the kingpin of the gang Subodh Kanta Singh

Kolkata: Police arrested nine persons from Patna who were involved in cases of dacoity in several offices of private non-banking financial companies in different parts of the state.
The accused including the kingpin of the gang were arrested on Saturday late night. The arrest came after a heavy exchange of fire between the dacoits and police.
It may be recalled that there were repeated incidents of dacoities in offices of non-banking financial companies in Asansol in December 2017. Similar incidents had also taken place in some other places including Kharda.
Acting on a tip off, the police conducted a raid at one of their hideouts. Realising that police had raided the place and they would get arrested, the miscreants attempted to flee. They opened fire at police when the latter started chasing them. The police too retaliated and opened fire.
The police had, however, managed to arrest the kingpin of the gang Subodh Kanta Singh. During interrogation, he revealed locations of hideouts of eight other close aides.
Police conducted raids and arrested eight others. They managed to recover a huge quantity of gold that they had looted from the offices of the non-banking financial companies.
Sources said police came to know about the modus operandi of the accused in details after the interrogation. They also came to know that the accused used to survey the place before conducting a raid to rob valuables from the offices of non-banking financial companies.
Such companies have opened their offices in urban areas in districts, which the gang used to target. Since people visit these offices and take loan against jewellery, it was well known to the miscreants that they can flee with a huge quantity of gold.
It may be mentioned that the accused had fled with around 27 kg gold jewellery and Rs 4 lakh cash from the office in Asansol while they had decamped with around 26 kg gold jewellery from the officer of another non-banking financial company in Behrampore in December 2016.
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