Police in 15 states after Bihar shutter-cutter gadget thieves gang – Reuters

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PATNA: Senior police officers from 15 states conducted official investigations during visits to Ghorasahan in East Champaran district of Bihar, with the common aim of catching members of the ‘shutter katwa’ (shutter cutter) gang . An organized network, they target department stores selling high-value electronic gadgets such as cell phones and laptops.

Investigations into hundreds of recorded cases at police stations across the country in Delhi, Uttarkhand, Rajasthan and Karnataka, among others, led officers to the gang’s hideout in the city of Ghorasahan.
Interestingly, families of gang members do not consider department store robbery a crime. According to a resident of Ghorasahan, “They regard the work they do with great esteem because it brings in money to change their fortunes. Gang members also borrow money from other villagers as good luck charms before embarking on their infamy missions.

Kumar Ashish, SP, East Champaran, said Odisha Police teams met him on January 21 and were seeking to arrest those involved in stealing phones worth Rs 50 lakh from Balangir of Odisha . Three members of the gang were arrested in the subsequent investigation. The task force recovered stolen mobile phones worth Rs 30 lakh from their hideouts.

Two were arrested in Ghorasahan for their involvement in the theft of mobile phones worth Rs 10 lakh from a store in the MP’s Chhindwara district on January 5. Last year, a police team in Rajasthan nabbed three members and recovered expensive phones worth Rs 50 lakh.

An IPS officer, who previously served as the SP of East Champaran, said the “shutter katwa” gang has about 250 members from Ghorasahan and its adjacent villages and 15 groups in different states. At least 100 gang members have been arrested in other states over the past five years.

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