January 19, 2009 1:56:46 am
The North 24 Parganas police have arrested one more teenager on Sunday,bringing the total number of youths arrested for carrying out robberies in the district to six.
On Saturday,five youths all under 18 years of age were arrested from Madhyamgram in connection with the robberies. The police have seized four revolvers and 12 cartridges from them.
Ratan,who was arrested on Sunday,is a school dropout. The five others Liton,Ripon Thakur,Suman Saha,Malay Debnath and Santu Mondal have confessed to the police that they robbed people for fun.
Other than Suman,who was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days,the rest have been remanded in police custody for five days.
The police on Sunday visited one of the crime spots and Ratans house in Indraprastha Apartment in Barast with the accused to understand the modus operandi of the gang.
They were also taken to the Barasat Government Hospital for medical check-ups.
Besides firearms,around Rs 40,000 in cash,two cameras,two cellphones and some sharp-edged weapons were also recovered from the arrested.
The police said that during interrogation,the gang confessed to have conducted a number of robberies in North 24 Parganas,including one at Swapan Sarkars flat in Hridaypurs Banerjee Bagan.
The police suspect the teenagers procured firearms from a local criminal,Sona.