Patna, Feb. 9: The Mongoloid features of the women involved in the daring jewellery loot from a store in the capital yesterday have put police in a spot.
Their facial features have confused the men-in-uniform, who claimed their "best efforts" were not good enough to nab the gang.
Yesterday, five women, believed to be foreigners, cleaned out jewellery worth Rs 8 lakh from a Tanishq showroom on Frazer Road.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), law and order, Vivekananda told The Telegraph that there was a big chance that the group might have fled the state in a hired four-wheeler.
The officer said searches were on in the state capital and Bodhgaya. The Bodh Mahotsav at Bodhgaya, which concluded on Friday and drew tourists from abroad, has made their task more difficult.
"The cops have failed to trace them. At present, the cops would focus on Bodhgaya, where tourists, mostly from Southeast Asia, have come. There are two police teams, each comprising four cops, probing into the case are trying to track down the criminals. It is a difficult task to trace them owing to their Mongoloid looks. Even the closed-circuit television footage has got a clear image of only one among them. They appear to be Asian, but the cops cannot say for sure if they are foreigners. They can be from any of the northeastern states of the country as well," the officer told The Telegraph.
"The police have been making inquiries at railway stations as well as at Patna and Gaya airports. If they were foreigners, they would have had to inform the foreign section of the police for passport verification. The police are checking for the information in the capital as well as Gaya. The police suspect that these women hired a four-wheeler from Gaya and came down to Patna. After the loot, they used the vehicle to flee. The cops think they have left the state. However, coming all the way from Gaya to Patna and giving shape to such a daring theft is perplexing. They could have gone to any store in Gaya even," the officer added.
"The police are checking out big hotels in Patna, Gaya and Bodhgaya. The jewellery stores also need to be checked, as the women might try to sell off the booty at such stores," another officer said.