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If any person—
(a)steals a mail bag ; or
(b)steals from a mail bag, or from a post office, or from an officer of the Post Office, or from a mail, any postal packet in course of transmission by post; or
(c)steals any chattel or money or valuable security out of a postal packet in course of transmission by post; or
(d)stops a mail with intent to rob or search the mail;
he shall be guilty of felony, and on conviction shall be liable, at the discretion of the court, to penal servitude for life or any term not less than three years, or to imprisonment, with or without hard labour, for any term not exceeding two years.
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