Panaji, Jul 6 (UNI) Five persons were today taken into custody by the police in connection with the June 27 communal riots and subsequent seizure of 17 swords from an abandoned truck in commercial city of Margao.
This preceded a series of house-to-house searches in Monte Hill in Margao last night to nab suspects.
The investigation into the riots took a new turn with the police finding out the sale of the abandoned truck using fictitous and forged documents, according to special superintendent of police Ravindra Yadav.
Two of the suspects, Bashir and Moinuddin, allegedly responsible for transfer of the vehicle in fictitous name, reportedly told the police that they got the consignment of swords from one Jagdish Singh, who was yet to be traced in neighbouring Belgaum city of Karnataka.
Another suspect Kachi, a computer expert who was allegedly responsible for forging the sale documents of the impugned vehicle by using the photograph of a fictitious person Amin Shan, and submitting fake PAN card and driving license, was also taken into custody. His associate, Farooq, was also arrested.
The police have also nabbed a vehicle dealer Loyd Cutinho, who transacted the sale of the vehicle. He was reportedly involved in some other cases of fictious deals. A brand new Innova was also seized in this connection, police added.
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