Hyderabad: A home guard from Maharashtra, who aspired to knit a rugby team and started coaching youngsters, took to chain-snatching to meet his expenses. He was arrested by Government Railway Police (GRP), Nizamabad on Tuesday. They recovered Rs 6 lakh worth gold and cash from his possession.
Identifying the accused as Mohan Devrao Chavan, who is working as home guard in Maharashtra Police Department, police said he was passionate about rugby and towards the same wished to groom a team. However, he became an alcoholic and found it difficult to manage expenses. He along with one Pradeep Ade, hatched a plan and started snatching chains from train passengers. They zeroed in on Basar railway station, which is frequented by pilgrims. Most of the offences were committed during the night, said Superinten-dent of Police, Railway Secunderabad division B. Anuradha.
The accused sold the ornaments in Mumbai and came to Nizamabad to sell the remaining articles, where the GRP Nizamabad Police apprehended him.
He confessed to committing eight offences along with his aide Pradeep, who is still absconding.
Around 116 grams of gold ornaments and `1.5 lakh cash were recovered from the accused....