3 held for stealing Pak pilgrims’ bags at Haridwar

हरीधवार Haridwar Jn (HW): The Government Railway Police (GRP) today arrested three persons from the Haridwar railway station for allegedly stealing a bag belonging to Pakistan pilgrims in the city a few days ago.

A contingent of 189 Pakistan pilgrims was on a religious visit to India for the past fortnight and had left Haridwar on the night of April 16. The trio stole a bag containing money belonging to the Pakistan pilgrims, as the latter were trying to board the Dehradun-Amritsar (Lahori) Express from the Haridwar railway station. Chandra Bhan Rabda, coordinator of the pilgrims’ delegation, filed a complaint at GRP station.

The GRP took the help of CCTV footages and informers in the case and arrested Ram Swarup, Ganga Ram and Jagannath, all residents of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The three accused have admitted to the crime and Pakistan currency amounting to Rs 11,770, besides a mobile phone set, artificial jewellery and various other commodities have been recovered from their possession. SP, City, Surjeet Singh Pawar, said the three thieves had been active in Haridwar since the last Mahakumbh Mela and used to steal purses, bags, mobile phone sets and other commodities from pilgrims.

Pawar added the GRP were interrogating the accused to ascertain whether any other person was involved in the crime. In other major success, the GRP arrested a person from the railway station and recovered banned ‘doda’ drug from his possession.

On a tip-off, a GRP team questioned Anil Kumar, a resident of Hansavali village in Saharanpur, and recovered 5 kg of the banned drug from him.

SHO, GRP, DS Bajwa, said the banned substance in 10 packets of 500 gram each was being taken to Nepal through Uttarakhand.

Bazwa said Anil had been booked under Section 8/20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Meanwhile, an intense search operation is being conducted at the railway station in the wake of the LS polls on May 7.