10 days ago
Dhenkanal: The district police on Wednesday night successfully swooped down on a robber gang along the bye-pass road here and nabbed five inter-state dacoits besides major seizures from their possession.
During night patrol, the miscreants fell into the dragnet of the cops when they intercepted a numberless Bolero at Korian Bye-Pass Chhak.
Besides arresting the five dacoits, police have seized the numberless vehicle, Rs 72,000 cash, one mouser, five live cartridges, one laptop, 11 cell phone sets and five wrist watches.
According to police, the modus operandi of the gang was looting passengers after lifting them in the vehicle. In this case, they looted four vegetable traders. The traders had boarded the brand new Bolero from Cuttack’s Manguli Chhak to Angul and Boinda for their business purpose. Each trader had to pay Rs 60 fare. But, midway they were looted Rs 52,000 at gunpoint.
While they looted Rs 13,500 from vegetable trader Balaram Mallick, from Kapilash Parida Rs 25,300, from Narayan Bastia Rs 9,600, from Natabar Jena Rs 2,200. After looting them, the looters dumped the traders amid the jungle road. The victims, who hail from Paga and Nischintakoili in Cutack district, had to walk down to a roadside dhaba and recounted their ordeal following which the dhaba owner alerted the police.
Victim vegetable trader Kapilash Parida narrated, “We were standing at Manguli Chhak. The Bolero was there. When we enquired about the fare to Angul, they said Rs 60 each. As bus also charges the same fare, we agreed and fell prey to their dacoity plan. I’ve been looted Rs 25,300. They were five and brandished revolver.”
Another victim Balaram Mallick said, “We came from Nischintakoili to Manguli Chhak to board bus to Boinda. When we were standing, they came with their Bolero and enquired. They told us to pay Rs 60 each. Midway they looted us at gunpoint. I’ve been looted Rs 13,500.”
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