Businessman Assaulted, Looted By Miscreants In Bhubaneswar: Are Dhal Samanta Siblings Extorting From Behind The Bars?

**Bhubaneswar:** While the dreaded Dhal Samanta brothers of Cuttack are cooling their heels in the prison for over one year and 10 months, their terror apparently reigns over businessmen and traders of the Twin City.

An incident on Tuesday morning, corroborating the aforementioned claim, has disturbed the peace of the Commissionerate of Police which had arrested the mafia siblings in 2016.

A city-based businessman, Nikunjakishore Behera and his office attendant were assaulted by three miscreants who made way with gold ornaments and cash from the former’s office at Sahid Nagar.

According to Behera, while he was about to move out for some work, three unidentified persons barged into his office and attacked his attendant with a dagger. He sustained multiple injuries on his upper limbs.

Later the trio detained Behera in his office chamber and claimed that they were henchmen of ‘Bhai’, alias Sushil and Sushant Dhal Samanta, the Athgarh natives who ran their crime kingdom over the past one decade from Cuttack.

While the middle-aged businessman was perturbed by the indiscriminate attack and abuse, he surrendered before the three and gave away his belongings which included some gold rings, a necklace and wallet.

They continued to intimidate Behera while fleeing from the spot on a motorcycle. The Sahid Nagar police have registered a FIR on the basis of a complaint lodged by Behera and started investigation into the incident.

“We will be examining the CCTV footage and identify the miscreants who are involved in the incident. Further their links with gangsters, if any, will be established,” DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said.

Whether the miscreants have any links with the Dhal Samantas who were once the undisputed ‘extortion kings’ of the State, is yet to be ascertained.