Seven arrested for stealing copper wires

From under-construction metro site

Seven persons were arrested for allegedly stealing copper wires from an under-construction metro site, the police said on Monday.

The accused had also held two security guards hostage, they said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Pankaj Kumar Singh said the accused have been identified as Ishtiyaq Ahmed (35), Imran (26), Farman (22), Kamal Kumar Koli (22), Vikas (25), Murali Lal (22), and Nirdosh (22).

Around 5 a.m. on July 16, Maksoodan Jha, a private security guard at the Yamuna Khadar construction site, allegedly told the police that four persons held him hostage by tying his limbs.

Hit with rod

When he tried to resist, the accused hit him with a steel rod. “The accused then cut copper wires lying on the track and started loading them in a truck already waiting for them,” Mr. Singh said.

On sensing something wrong, another security guard Manoj Kumar, reached the site where he was also allegedly held hostage, the police said, adding that the accused had taken his gun.

One nabbed from spot

The accused then started to flee the spot when other guards reached and apprehended Ishtiyaq.

He was then handed him over to police.

However, others managed to flee the spot, the police said, adding that they were all arrested with the help of human and technical surveillance.

During interrogation, they allegedly told the police that they commit robberies and thefts along the under-constructed Delhi Metro corridors.

“The mastermind, Kamal, used to identify the place which has expensive construction material. Imran used to transport the stolen items and others carried out the robbery. The auto driver, Farman, was always around in case the accused needed to escape,” Mr. Singh added.

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