Srinagar, Jan 22: Government Railway Police Kashmir (GRPK) on Saturday said to have solved OHE copper wire theft incidents by arresting twenty-one accused persons ‘involved in stealing of the special-type electrical wiring’ in different places across Kashmir valley in last two years.
In a media handout, the GPRK, stated, “The job installation of OHE copper wire by railway authorities through M/S R.S. Infra private limited company has been under progress from Baramulla to Banihal since September, 2021. While the job of the installation of said wire was being carried out by the said agency it was reported by the said company that during night hours, unknown thieves have committed theft of OHE copper wire/ attempts to theft in Sopore, Pattan, Budgam, Srinagar and Bijbehara areas, adding On the basis of the written reports received from the M/S R.S. Infra private limited company, nine FIRs (04 in 2021 and 05 in 2022) were registered in GRPS of Baramulla/Hamaray/Srinagar and Anantnag and investigation set into motion.”
It said, to work out the case, SSP GRPK constituted 03 separate teams Sub Division wise led by the concerned SHO’s and supervised by the concerned SDPO’s. The teams after strenuous / hectic efforts cracked /solved the theft cases by arresting 21 accused persons involved in the commission of crime.
“The stolen property of OHE wire 388 Kgs, worth Rs 3,56,572 was also recovered from them. Weapon of offences including cutter, Hexa blades, Gloves and ropes alongwith four load carriers utilized for the transportation of stolen property were also seized”, the concerned department”, it further said.
On January 4, 2022 reported of a similar incident taking place along Pampore and Srinagar railway stations’. The sources had then said that despite repeated incidents of such nature taking place over the time, hardly anyone had been arrested so far, even as a railway department official saying then that they were working on it.