Berhampur: In a major breakthrough, the Ganjam police busted a dacoity gang and arrested nine persons, including a minor boy in this connection today.
They also seized several arms and ammunition, including two single shot country-made pistols, a toy pistol, six rounds of 8 mm live bullets, four rounds of 65 mm live bullets, four rounds of 65 mm empty cartridge, a small sword and a knife from their possession. The police also seized two motorcycles, a scooter and 16 mobile phones from their possession.
All the arrested are aged between 17 and 27 years. Of the nine arrested, eight are residents of Ganjam district and one from Kandhamal. The accused were involved in 12 robberies at various places, including Aska, Arakhapur, Polasara, Berhampur, Khallikote and Kodala in 2019. Besides, two of them are also involved in a murder case lodged at KS Nagar police station in 2018.