Patna: Police in Patna busted a gang of highway robbers who had spread a reign of terror between Patna and Barh targeting travelers and stealing their cash and other valuables, even their vehicles, police in Patna said on Monday.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Upendra Sharma, who recently replaced Garima Malik, said that based on credible information, the police formed a special team led SP (Rural) K K Mishra and Fatuha ASP Manish Kumar to nab the gang operating between Patna and Barh.

As rightly anticipated by the police, the gang had gathered on Bakhtiarpur-Patna 4-lane highway on Saturday night. Seeing the police, the criminals made an attempt to escape in the cover of darkness the police were able to apprehend nine of them.

Police said the gang mainly used to operate at a sharp turn where vehicles usually slowed down to avoid any accident. Taking advantage of the road condition, the criminals would force the vehicles to stop at gun points and then rob them of their valuables while driving away with the stolen vehicle that were later stripped and sold in auto salvage shops.

Arrested criminals were identified as kingpin Dharmendra Kumar; Rahul Kumar, Mantu, and Kundan Kumar of Khusrupur; Pawan Raj, Sonu Kumar, and Chandan Kumar of Dhanarua, Shlok Kumar of Bakhtiarpur, and Rakesh Kumar of Kankarbagh.

Police recovered four country-made pistols, live bullets, and cell phones from their possession.

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