Police arrest mobile phone snatchers

ROING, Aug 19: The police here in Lower Dibang Valley (LDV) district have arrested a trio of mobile phone snatchers who were allegedly responsible for creating unrest in the township area by victimizing pedestrians.
The trio has been identified as Rajib Pao (21), Aditya Pait (20), and Binod Noroh (21), all natives of Shantipur area in Assam.
The three men created plenty of trouble in and around the township area in the past couple of months. Reportedly, they would move around on bikes or scooters at night, attack pedestrians, snatch their mobile phones, and flee from the scene.
Six such cases of snatching were reported at the police station here.
LDV SP Sanjay Kumar Sain informed that he activated a police team, and that intensive patrolling at various points in and around the township area ensured that no more of such crime was reported.
“Thereafter, a special team was constituted and directed to not only track down the culprits and arrest them, but also to ensure recovery of all the robbed phones,” the SP said.
As per reports, last month, two phones were traced, recovered, and handed over to their owners. However, the alleged snatchers were still at large.
On Monday, during an operation carried out in various parts of the neighbouring district in Assam, the three accused were arrested after their involvement in the case had been ascertained by Sub-Inspector S Jha and team.
The SP said a stolen mobile phone was retrieved from their possession, “through which the location of three others has been confirmed and will be recovered in a short time.”
According to the police, the trio revealed during interrogation that they, along with an accomplice, identified as Nehru, had been committing the crime after entering Roing township through Kangkong and other villages undetected.
They would sell the stolen phones to unsuspecting people, and buy drugs with the money thus earned.
Sain said while the arrested miscreants would be dealt with in a fitting manner under the law, the search for the fourth accused is underway.