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Bengal cops marvel at exploits of ' f lying thief '.

IS THAT a bird, is that a plane or is that Superman? It took the Hooghly Police around 20 years to figure out who the person responsible for hundreds of thefts in the district was.

All they saw was a man flying from one roof to another, climbing up and down drainpipes and swinging from one high- rise to another on a rope as they tried to chase him in their vehicles.

The chase, reminiscent of stunts in the Dhoom series, came to an end last week when Prabhas Adhikari, a 40- year- old thief, was nabbed from his hideout in Chinsura area of Hooghly.

In police circles, Adhikari is known as the ' flying thief' -- a real life ' Dhoom anti- hero' who left the police flabbergasted several times with his unmatchable stunts during his exploits.

Adhikari told the police during interrogation that he has been practicing running, high jump and long jump for the last 20 years, since he started stealing things.

Climbing up and down high- rises is the latest addition to his stunts, a skill he was forced to hone due to the increase in multi- storeyed apartments in Kolkata's adjoining districts.

Officer in- charge of Chinsura police station Nirmal Jash said jumping from a two or three- storeyed building is an easy feat for Adhikari.

" He can do it with ease anytime. Every time the police tried to chase him, Adhikari flew from one building to another, climbed up and down the drainpipe or simply vanished as the sleuths groped in the dark.

He has an athletic body and is light on his feet. He is so fit that he can simply fly from one building to another," Jash told M AIL T ODAY on Friday.

Such was Adhikari's reputation that thieves in other districts of West Bengal and adjoining states of Bihar and Jharkhand used to hire him for " special operations". In fact, Adhikari was hired to execute critical operations along the Indo- Nepal border too.

During interrogation, Adhikari also admitted that he has been involved in more than 500 thefts over the last 20 years. Adhikari, who has a core group of eight members, was done in by one of his aides who was arrested last month.

The aide gave away the details of Adhikari's hideout and the police raided the premises with a foolproof plan.

The man who flew like a bird every time the police closed in on him, was trapped in his own room, with no window to escape from.

Jash said: " In the last one month, five cases had been registered against Adhikari in Chinsura police station alone, which is Adhikari's home town. There are 20 police stations in Hooghly district. We will be able to confirm the exact number of thefts only after the investigation is over." Adhikari was produced in court and remanded to police custody, the police officer added.

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