Police in Kasese are holding twelve people for allegedly stealing rails from the redundant Kasese-Jinja Railway line.
The District Police Commander Michael Musani said that eight of the suspects were arrested yesteday while loading the rails on a Kanta-Truck registration number UAF 250Y in Hima town council.
He said that they had stolen the rails from the Railway line near Kasese Municipality before being found in Hima town council.
The DPC said the suspects we found with twenty one rails and twenty nine slippers.
He identified them as Peter Mugisha, Abel Akisha, Boaz Bwambale, Rashid Bwambale, Jockim Bwambale, Ronald Mugisha and the other only identified as Bishimungu.
Those arrested today are Eric Muhairwe a Rwandan national, Shiraj Mugisha from Mbarara, Amos Mushabe and Amos Kamusime all from Kamwenge district.
The truck driver Ezra Sibanza was also arrested.
Police have also detained one of their own Peter Ndegire who was pointed out by the suspects during interrogation as a person they deal with.
According to the DPC the suspects have allies in Kasese town with which they steal peoples and public property.
Musani said that investigations into the theft and about the other suspects still at large are ongoing.
He said that the suspects who are in police custody will be produced to court and answer charges of theft.