*Interstate gang of 4 arrested
MARGAO: Konkan Railway police arrested an interstate gang of 4 including one lady and seized part of the Rs 4 crore gold stolen from a train passenger while the train had stopped for crossing at Canacona Railway Station on May 2 this year.
The accused are identified as 40-year-old Sandeep Bhosale from Sangli, 28-year-old Akshay Chinwal from Khanapur Belgaum, Archana More from Taloja, Mumbai and 44-year-old Dhanpat Baid from Parel East, Mumbai.
As per information provided by police, 55-year-old Ashok Patil from Mumbai who works as office boy at Mumbai based Jewellery shop, Madhu ornaments was travelling from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram in Gandhidham Tirunelvelli Humsafar Superfast Express to deliver gold ornaments weighing around 7 Kg worth above Rs 4 Crores.
The Mumbai lady Archana More informed the other gang members about this and they hatched a plot to steal the gold. Sandeep and Akshay executed the plan and stole the gold bag when the train had stopped for crossing at Canacona Railway Station.
Gold Bars in melted form weighing 1,900gms in different size and shape worth approximately above 1 crore, cash of Rs 50,000, two vehicles Chevorlet Cruze and Maruti Ritz car, two expensive mobile phones have been attached by the Police from the 4 accused.
During the interrogation of Bhosale and Chinwal, police received a lead and consequently apprehended another co-accused Archana More (42) from Navi Mumbai with the assistance of Oshiwara police. More’s interrogation led to the arrest of her accomplice Dhanpat Baid from East Parel in Mumbai. The two have been remanded to four-day police custody.
Police informed that Archana alias Archee More from Taloja, Mumbai had provided information regarding the exact date and time of transportation of the gold ornaments in the specific train following which the theft was committed by Bhosale and Chinwal on the intervening night of May 1 and 2.
Stating that the gold ornaments have been melted by the accused, police said probe is in progress to recover the remaining gold. Police said cases have been registered as per various sections of the Indian Penal Code.