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Cops nab gang of thieves posing as BSNL workers in Vadodara

Vadodara: It was a complete set up — from signages asking commuters to be careful, to batten lights directing traffic and workers wearing reflector jackets, and an earthmover in action – nothing divulged their hidden agenda. The entire set up could have fooled the public but not the Karelibaug cops who cordoned the area and nabbed eight persons along with equipment and a truck filled with telecom cables.

Cops busted a gang of cable thieves who were removing BSNL’s broadband and telephone cables masquerading as workers on contract. The masterminds of the theft and some others continue to evade the arrest and the eight persons who were nabbed were locals working for the person who had provided the earthmover and workers.

The value of the cables removed from near the Muktanand Circle is estimated to be a whopping Rs 50lakh.

Sources said that the accused had used the earthmover to lift the heavy lids on the chambers of the cable. A crane and the earthmover were then used to pull out the underground cables and load them in a truck.

The plan was to load the cables in the truck and leave the place disguised as workers. However, it failed because a policeman from the Karelibaug police station got information regarding the thieves even as they were still removing the cables.

Karelibaug police inspector C R Jadav said that two persons from Delhi, whom the workers identified as Ramu and Sandeep, were the masterminds of the crime.

“It seems they (Ramu and Sandeep) had two teams. One of local workers who were with the earthmover and another from outside. The local workers were nabbed during the raid even as others escaped,” Jadav said.

The police had obtained the mobile phone numbers of Ramu and Sandeep and has started gathering call details to trace them. The presence of a car in the vicinity of the area from where the cables were being removed is also being investigated. Jadav said that the car’s movements are also being traced. ToI

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