13 Member Lootera Gang Busted In Odisha’s Cuttack

**Cuttack: ** At least 13 miscreants involved in dacoity were arrested by Cuttack Commissionerate police here on Saturday.

Reportedly the gang was involved in a loot cash of Rs 7.5 lakh and one Honda Activa two-wheeler.

Cuttack DCP Akhileshvar Singh informed, “On August 2, some miscreants chased one Sumit Kumar Banthia when he was going home after closing his shop at around 10 pm and open fired on him. He got injured during the incident following which the miscreants snatched the victim’s Honda Activa that had the money and fled from the spot”.

“Initially, as per the compliant there were three miscreants but later we found that ten more are involved in the crime who were chasing behind on other motor bikes”.

Three of the accused had many loot cases registered against them earlier.

During investigation, the police have recovered four motor bikes, cash amount of Rs 1.3 lakh, one pepper spray bottle, one small knife, one country made pistol, two 7.65 mm live ammunition and six mobile phones.

The arrested accused were identified as Ananta Prasad Moharana, Birendra Nayak, Sanjay Nayak, Soumya Ranjan Sahoo, Sanjay Behera, Bharat Khuntia, Sk. Riyaz,Rohit Ranjan Mohapatra, B. Shyam, Lokesh Guru, Anil Kumar Behera, Shitun Kumar Sahoo and Chandan Behera.

Shitun and Chandar are yet to be arrested.

The police are further investigating into the case after forwarding the arrested youths to the court.

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