Police in Buikwe are holding 3 suspects who were caught siphoning fuel form the train.
Police have additionally mounted hunt down other 15 suspects who fled the scene after security agents raged and thwarted the robbery.
The suspects in the custody of police are identified as Ssemwogerere Paul from Misindye, Bengo Robert a resident of Lweru parish and Alwo Buluhan from Nakasagazi all from Buikwe District.
It is believed that the group is a part of a gang of robbers working in the areas of Jinja, Buikwe, Mayuge, Tororo and Luuka. They are likewise suspected to work in Iganga and Butaleja districts where they supposedly siphon fuel from the train.
SP Lameka Kigozi, the Police spokesperson of Ssezibwa Region, confirmed the arrest of these three suspects adding that they will be delivered to court to answer charges of robbery at the end of investigation.
”We managed to capture three motorcycles; Bajaj Boxer and a car number plate UAU 728J the suspects the robbers where using. We additionally seized 1200 liters of diesel the suspects had siphoned,” Kigozi said.
Kigozi also added that, the suspects are being held at the Police Station of Nyenga in Buikwe district with all their exhibits.
These robbers are said have to collaborate with some workers on the train. They supposedly imply to put check points on major railways particularly in Eastern and Central parts of the country. They siphon the fuel from the train, when the it stops,
According to the Investigations officer of the train Stephen Kyakoni, the suspects were captured after a guard from SWAT Security Company who was manning the train got to be suspicious when they stopped the train in a sugarcane plantation in Nyenga Sub-county. The guard informed his superiors who alarmed the Police.
The security guard reported that he shot 3 bullets and some of the robbers, train officers and security guard who had collaborated with them ran and three of them were arrested now being kept at the police station waiting to be charged.