Monday, November 29, 1999

5 members of inter-state gang of vehicle looters arrested

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Lucknow, June 17 (PTI) Five members of an inter-state gang of robbers, which used to loot vehicles by killing their drivers, were arrested by Special Task Force following an encounter in Gorakhpur today. On a tip off about the presence of a gang involved in booking vehicles to bordering Nepal and looting them after killing their drivers, STF with the help of the Gorakhpur police arrested five people at jail by-pass after an encounter", ADG Law and Order Brij Lal told reporters. The accused during interrogation told STF that they had booked a Bolero for Nepal on February 18 where they fed intoxicants to the driver before strangulating him, the ADG said adding that body was disposed off in the jungles. While four of those arrested belonged to Gorakhpur, one hails from Kapilvastu, Nepal. The gang leader, Butler Rai was killed by the STF in an encounter in Maharajganj on June 6, he said. Three country made revolvers, two knives, four mobile phones, intoxicanting tablets and a motorcycle have been recovered from their possession, the ADG added.

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