PRAYAGRAJ: Six students in the age group of 19-24 years, who were preparing for competitive exams i.e. civil services and NDA, were arrested on Thursday by a joint team of Phaphamau police and crime branch on charges of dacoity in Trans Ganga area.
On November 9, the youths had looted a SUV, a bike, cash and jewellery worth lakhs from a house in Ganga Kachhar area under Phaphamau police limits in Trans Ganga.
Police said a total of eight students were involved in the loot to pay off a debt of Rs 3.50 lakh of one of their roommates, who had escaped to Bihar and did not return for a couple of months.
They also wanted to lead a lavish lifestyle as money sent by their respective family members was not enough to meet their expenditures. When the money lender, a fruit vendor, started pressurizing them to return his money that their roommate had taken, the youths hatched a loot plan.
The arrested were– Sachin Kumar of Holagarh (B.Ed), Sushil Upadhaya of Basti (ITI apprentice), Shiva Upadhaya alias Tarun Kumar of Basti (Intermediate), Anupam Rai of Balia (pursuing graduation), Harsh Singh of Pratapgarh (Intermediate) and Devendra Kumar Mishra of Holagarh (ITI apprentice).
Police have also seized three country made pistols of 0.315 bore along with six live cartridges, a SUV, two mobiles, a bike, Rs 7,000 cash and stolen jewellery from their possession.
SSP (Prayagraj) Shailesh Kumar Pandey told TOI, “A group of eight persons, mostly students preparing for competitive exams were involved in the dacoity incident. They have no criminal background.”
“When the fruit vendor started mounting pressure on them to return money, Sachin Kumar and Harsh Singh had not only hatched the loot plan but also conducted a recce of the driver’s house.”
Search is on to nab two others, he added. Such incidents have increased in the state in the recent past. In the past many youths have taken the crime path to meet their monetary demands.





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