The Weekend Leader - Faint clues to rifle theft in Pachmarhi camp

Faint clues to rifle theft in Pachmarhi camp



The Madhya Pradesh police on Saturday made only marginal progress in locating the two imposters who breached the security of Pachmarhi army camp on Friday to decamp with two Insas rifles and some ammunition.

The duo posed as army officers and decamped with two Insas rifles and ammunition from army cantonment at Pachmarhi after conning sentries at a military check post.

The duo asked a sentry at the check post to call the other jawans for an assembly. The two impositers asked another sentry our there to call a junior commissioned officer from the camp. The two sentries obeying the commands left the post and their Insas assault rifles loaded with magazines having 20 live cartridges. They picked up the rifles and fled.

Hoshangabad district superintendent of police M.L. Chhari said: "We have got a CCTV grab of the accused who got their food packed from roadside eatery at Pachmarhi before committing the theft."

"The CCTV camera put at the dhaba had captured them moving (in hooded sweatshirts)," said Chhari.

While one wore a black hooded sweat shirt the other wore a yellow one the dhaba as seen in the CCTV grab showed.

The driver of the taxi they hired from Piparia railway station to reach the Army camp in Pachmarhi and return, has said they were speaking to each other in Punjabi accent, he said.

They entered the camp around 1.30 a.m. and left it around 3.13 a.m. on Friday, the SP said.

Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) S.W. Naqvi said the leads available so far suggest the two had alighted at Piparia from the train that arrived from Jabalpur. Other agencies are also engaged in cracking the theft. Multiple agencies are working to crack the theft. However, it will be early to say the police are closing in on the suspects, said the senior police officials.

After the incident the police had sounded a high alert across the state and beefed up security at the vital establishments.IANS 

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