Gang of BSNL cable thieves busted

Gang of BSNL cable thieves busted

Members of the gang in police custody in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu mahajan

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 6

An interstate gang stealing cables of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been busted by the CIA wing of the city police and eight members have been arrested.

The accused have been identified as Mohammad Anwar (24), resident of Khajuri Bilal Masjid area, Delhi, Mohammad Istkhar (31), resident of Delhi, Nadim Mohammad (29), resident of Delhi, Mohammad Hanan, alias Anna, resident of Delhi, Mohammad Khalid (21), resident of Bilal Masjid area, Delhi, Pappu (25), resident of Khas Khajuri, Delhi, Ajit Berman (34), resident of Alipur, Bengal, and Rohit Kumar (27), resident of Sangam Vihar, Delhi.

Three accused, namely Sanjit of east Delhi, Gajinder Mahato of Gurugram, and Iqbal Kabaria of Delhi are still at large.

Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal, DCP, Crime, SPS Dhindsa, Additional DCP, Crime, Rupinder Kaur Bhatti, ACP Mandeep Singh held a press conference regarding the matter today.

The police recovered a Mahindra Bolero vehicle, which was being used to transport stolen cables, fake approval certificate from BSNL, seven jackets, instruments used to dig roads, and 65 kg telephone cables from the gang members.

Agrawal had formed a special team to bust the gang involved in stealing cables of BSNL. Additional DCP, Crime, Rupinder Bhatti busted the gang.

Bhatti said the gang had committed six thefts in Ludhiana, two in Amritsar and one in Jalandhar.

During probe, the police found that Rajinder and Sanjit were the kingpins of the gang. The members used to come all the way from Delhi to Punjab to steal BNSL cables. The gang had also made a fake permission letter of BSNL and whenever they stole cables, they wore proper clothing to give the impression that they were workers of BSNL.

The gang had been selling stolen cables to Iqbal Kabaria, who is a junk dealer in Delhi, added ADCP Bhatti.

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