PATNA: The mastermind of daring robbery in a jewelry shop on Ashiana-Digha road in the city was arrested along with 2 others and a major portion of the looted gold jewelry and over Rs6 lakh in cash were recovered from their possession. The criminals had fled with gold jewelry worth Rs4 crore and Rs13 lakh in cash from the shop around 1pm on June 21.
ADG (headquarters) Jitendra Kumar said that the special investigation team (SIT) conducted a raid at Digha in western Patna and arrested the mastermind Ravi Kumar Gupta and his 2 associates. The police team later seized gold jewelry worth Rs1.10 crore and Rs6.30 lakh in cash looted from the shop.
The SIT also seized silver worth Rs75,000, 300 grams of gemstones valued at Rs1 lakh, 3 country-made pistols and 7 live containers from their possession. A bag used in the crime was also recovered. The 2 others arrested with Ravi were identified as Vikas Kumar Mali and Sipu Kumar.
Kumar said at least 10 criminals were involved in the daring dacoity. “We have got their names and they will be arrested shortly,” he added. The ADG (headquarters) also announced reward to the police officers for cracking the case within 10 days.
He, however, didn’t reveal the names of other gang members as it would affect the investigation. Ravi, who hails from Sadikpur under the Alamganj police station area, is known by several nick names such as ‘Masterji’, ‘Netaji’ or ‘Ravi patient’.
Patna SSP Garima Malik said the looted jewelry were recovered from the house of Sipu at Kurji Balupar under the Digha police station area. A motorbike used in the crime has also been seized from Sipu’s house where the criminals had drawn out strategy to commit the crime.
The criminals had held the jewelry shop owner and staff imprisoned and had taken away the hard disk of the CCTV camera. “That had made the task of the police more difficult. The sketches of the suspects were prepared on the basis of information provided by the staff present in the shop at the time of the incident, which finally led to the arrest of the dacoits,” the ADG informed.