Odisha: 15 Looters Arrested In Separate Burglary Cases In Rayagada

**Rayagada**: In a major breakthrough, the cops of Tikiri Police Station apprehended as many as 15 looters involved in two separate burglary cases here today.

Last night, 11 persons had assembled at Masuripadar ground in order to commit dacoity in a nearby house. Following a tip-off, the police arrested the nine accused persons from the spot. Two others could manage to flee the spot.

The arrested persons are- Pilla Lokesh (24), Sarat Garadia (25), Dinesh Kedia (35), Laxmikanth Kanda (20), Murty Miniaka (34), Santosh Ray (24), Susanta Kandhapani (25), Lakinath Karkaria (24) and Baburao Kandhapani (26). All the criminals are from Rayagada.

The two absconders have been identified as Narendra Kandhapani (27) and Judhisthir Naik (27).

During course of interrogation, the accused persons confessed to their involvement in two other bank loots of Kashipur and Chandili.

One pistol, four motorcycles, two knives, one crowbar, one chopper and nine mobile phones were seized from the accused’s possession in connection with this case.

Six other criminals were also arrested today in connection with a dacoity that had occurred on the night of July 11. The miscreants had forcibly broken into a house in Podapadi village and had stolen gold weighing about 30 grams.

The arrested persons are Raj Kumar Bag (32), Sanjit Hial (20), Sripati Rana (28), Premananda Karkaria (30), Angada Mahanadia (32) and Simanchal Majhi (35). Another accused in the case, Kanhu Khosla (20) is absconding.

Three motorcycles, two knives and 20 grams of stolen gold were recovered in connection with this case.

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