Two more held for helping jail breakers

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Two criminals wanted in armed robbery arrestedNAGPUR: City police’s crime branch on Wednesday salvaged some of its pride by arresting two more persons involved in the recent jail break with the help of their cyber cell’s call details analysis. Five factory-made pistols, seven magazines and 38 live cartridges of 7.65mm bore have been seized from the duo. Crime branch has made four arrests within a short time in connection with the jail break, mostly of people who provided logistics support, but is yet to nab any of the five escaped under-trials.

Sheikh Wajid Sheikh Mohd alias Abrar alias Raju Batiyara (30) and Chetan Hazare alias Abir (24) were taken into custody for having links with dreaded gangster Raja Ghouse, whose three aides were among the five to have fled the Nagpur Central Jail last week. Crime branch had earlier netted Nawab Tauheed Khan and Ganesh Sharma.

The four arrested so far were well aware of Ghouse’s plan to escape from jail along with his close aides. Abrar and Hazare provided cash and firearms to the escaped under-trials after they reached Indora Chowk with the help of Sharma, who ferried them from jail on his bike in two trips.

Police picked up Abrar from Motha Tajbagh, seizing four ‘Mausers’ or factory-made pistols along with six magazines and 37 live rounds. Abrar had several offences of burglaries and robberies against him in the city, Bhandara and Madhya Pradesh, in most cases he was an accomplice of Raja Ghouse. In 2009, Abrar was nabbed for preparing to commit dacoity by Ajni police.

Hazare, from whom cops have seized a firearm and one magazine, was close to Ritesh Baisware, who was murdered earlier this year. It’s learnt that Hazare too has several cases against him at Ambazari police station.

Abrar was lodged in Lakhnadon Jail in Madhya Pradesh along with Ghouse in the past, where their friendship had grown. Ghouse had fled from Lakhnadon Jail along with Bisen Singh Uikey and Satyendra Gupta, but Abrar had failed to escape. Abrar was released later.

At Nagpur Central Jail, Ghouse remained inside while Uikey and Gupta managed to flee again. Police said Ghous had been regularly communicating with Abrar, Nawab, Ganesh and others, all outside the prison, using a mobile phone.

Sharma was the one to provide active support by ferrying the under-trials from jail to Indora Chowk and Mankapur via Mominpura and Pili Nadi. The rest have been arrested for having regular communication with Ghouse and his gang in jail. At Pili nadi, Gupta’s sister also helped the escapees with cash.

Ghouse had been arrested from Uttar Pradesh in 2103 along with another person. The gang has been in jail for the last two years. Sharma had come with a bike knowing that only one or two may have fled the jail, including Ghouse, but was surprised to see five. He made a couple of trips on his bike to help the jail breakers.

City police chief KK Pathak, who addressed the media along with Joint CP Anup Kumar Singh on Wednesday, said that crucial information is expected from the arrested persons, who are now being interrogated by the crime branch.

The crime branch has had a lacklustre performance under Addl CP Shrikant Tarwade, leading to increased criminal activities. Now, the city police are in a crucial phase of interstate operations to nab the five jail breakers.

Addl CP Tarwade was ‘gifted’ additional charge of the crime branch by CP Pathak after the senior officer returned from a break of seven months. The unit, which is struggling to nab the escaped under-trials, is suffering from low morale. “We have got some clues on which we are working,” said the CP assuring a breakthrough soon.

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