Highway dacoity gang busted in Odisha; five arrested

Sambalpur: Police busted an inter-district highway dacoity gang with arrest of five persons in connection with several loot cases in western Odisha districts.

The accused persons were identified as Suresh Dehury (32), Ramakanta Badi (27), Rasananda Kumbhar (30), Bablu Behera (40) and Sailendra Kumar Behera (42).

The robbery gang was caught during investigation into a loot case reported on September 11 under Charmal police limits in Sambalpur district.

According to reports, police had initiated probe following a complaint alleging a loot from employees working with a finance company. The miscreants had looted Rs 24,517, a tablet and a mobile phone from a person namely Kartika Sikha, the field officer at Bharat Financial Inclusion, near a forest at Biswanathpur area while he along with his staff was returning in two motorcycles after collecting loan amount from Badhol and Bharatpur villages.

Based on the complaint, two police teams involving special squad and Charmal police were formed to probe the matter. They managed to apprehend five accused persons and recovered all the robbed items from their possession. The cops seized Rs 11,000 cash, one tablet (Samsung), one mobile phone (Samsung) and a motorcycle (Hero Honda CD Delux).

During interrogation, the accused robbers confessed to have their involvement in the loot case and in a number of similar cases in Sonepur, Balangir and other districts.

“Details of other cases are being ascertained and follow up required action with neighbouring police districts is being undertaken,” the police said in a release today.

The accused persons also confessed to have looted a temple at Bharatpur village under Charmal police limits on Sept 12 night. A case has been registered in this connection under sections 457 and 380 of IPC. All the stolen items from Rameswar Temple have been recovered from them.

Suspecting involvement of more members of this gang belonging to neighbouring districts in series of theft cases, the police initiated efforts to nab them.

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