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Police busts burglary gang in Awantipora, five held

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Srinagar: Police in Awantipora have busted a gang of burglars and solved several theft cases besides recovering stolen properties from their possession.
In a handout issued here, a police spokesman said after several recent thefts in minority religious places in Tral area, a special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by SDPO Tral Mubashir Rasool and SHO concerned was constituted to probe the matter.
During the course of investigation, strenuous efforts were put in place by the investigating team and the technical/tangible evidence were gathered, the handout reads.
The investigating team apprehended two persons identified as Amir Rashid Ganai son of Abdul Rasheed Ganai resident of Gulshanpora Tral and Sajad Ahmad Sheikh son of Noor Mohd Sheikh resident Sheikhpora Padgampora.
“Both were carrying instruments like a chisel and a torch and confessed that they were planning to commit theft in Tral area,” the handout reads.
During the further course of investigation, the duo confessed that they along with Tariq Ahmad Sheikh son of Noor Mohammad Sheikh resident of Goripora and Shafaqat Ali son of Mohdammad Ayoub resident of Thanamandi (A/P Goripora Awantipora) have committed thefts at several places, including recent thefts in Gurudwaras in Tral area, thus trying to incite communal discord in the area.
“Subsequently, both the accused were also apprehended. The investigating officers also learnt about the involvement of another accused Bilal Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Mohammad Wani resident of Saraf Mohalla, Bijbehara who used his jewellery shop to sell the stolen items. He was subsequently arrested as well,” the handout reads.
On their disclosure, stolen property worth lacs including cash, gold ornaments, a car was recovered from their possession, it reads.
The police has said that the instruments used for forced entry and executing the thefts viz Cutter, Hexa Blades, Iron Rod, Screw Drivers were also recovered the the possession of the arrested persons.
“After rigorous questioning of the suspects it came to surface that all of them are not only addicted to illicit drugs but also had a history of broken families and familial discord,” the handout reads.
The Police said that in order to bear the cost of their addiction they have been indulging in frequent thefts.
“The individuals apprehended so far have been found involved in multiple theft cases registered in Police Station Tral. Investigation into the matter is still in progress,” the handout reads.



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