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Suspects in jewellery shop heist remanded in custody

The accused in the Anto Alukkas jewellery showroom burglary being brought to police headquarters in Tirupur on Saturday. Photo: M. Balaji

The accused in the Anto Alukkas jewellery showroom burglary being brought to police headquarters in Tirupur on Saturday. Photo: M. Balaji  

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The three suspects arrested by the Tirupur police in West Bengal in the Anto Alukkas jewellery showroom heist case were brought here on Saturday.

They have been remanded to judicial custody by a magistrate court. Five other accused are at large, according to the police. Stolen property, including 36 kg of gold jewellery and 2 kg of gold with diamond-studded jewellery, worth Rs.10.5 crore, is yet to be recovered.

Those arrested are A. Zia-ul-Sheik (28), a native of Sahibganj district in Jharkhand; and S. Mir Raju Ali (30) and S. Hakkim-ul-Shiek (27), from Beniagram village in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.

“The trio were arrested on March 5 from Farakka police station limits and produced before the additional chief judicial magistrate at Jangipur who issued a transit warrant,” Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan said.

Doubts remain

With police not recovering any loot and none of the fingerprints lifted from the scene of crime said to be matching with those of the three arrested, doubts remain as to whether those arrested were really involved in the burglary or whether the police had arrested them as a face-saving exercise. Mr. Balakrishnan, however, said that though Zia-ul-Shiek is accused No. 1, he did not enter the showroom but waited outside and hence his fingerprints were not there.

The other two gave logistical support to the other accused, including those absconding, by giving them oxygen cylinders for operating gas cutters used for breaking into the showroom.

He hoped that the arrest of the five absconding persons, Abdul Shiek, Bolo Mandal, Thobajul Mandal, Riyaz Shiek and a friend of Thobajul, would result in the recovery of the stolen jewellery.

“Three teams are still camping there and the Border Security Force has been alerted to prevent the goods from going to Bangladesh,” he said. None of the accused had any links with Maoists.

A setback

He said that the remaining accused could have been nabbed but for the incident in which four personnel of the Tamil Nadu police were arrested by the West Bengal police in connection with the mysterious death of an informant, Pakul Shiek (30).

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