Cuttack: Miscreants in guise of police looted gold ornaments worth around Rs 1.5 lakh from a priest in broad daylight here today.
The victim has been identified as Nilambar Mishra. He became the target of the looters while he was moving to Jobra from College Square in Cuttack city.
According to reports, two miscreants riding a motorcycle stopped the priest, who was on his way on a bicycle, near Bombay Hotel. Another person introducing himself as a policeman instructed him to remove his gold chain, bracelet and ring that he had worn and keep it in his bag for safety reason.
On the pretext of checking the jewelries in the bag, the miscreants took away those in a very cunning way in front of him.
“I was asked by a man, who identified himself as a policeman, as to why I am wearing gold ornaments. He told me to keep the gold ornaments inside my carry bag. Trusting him, I followed his order. In the meantime, one of the motorcyclists who had stopped me mid-way, checked my bag whether I have kept those items safely. But, the miscreants went away with my gold ornaments. After realizing that fact that I was robbed, I came to the police station to lodge a complaint,” said the victim priest.
A complaint in this regard has been registered at the Malgodown Police Station following which a probe is on.
The police suspect involvement of a gang belonging to outside Odisha in the case.
“Many cases have been reported wherein non-Odia gangs were involved in such dacoity in the state. Based on the complaint, our police are probing the matter. The prima facie suggested that a professional gang is behind such loot case in Cuttack. Usually, the gang members do not stay at a particular place for a long time. They commit the crime after short intervals. We are looking into every aspect in the case,” said ACP Arun Kumar Swain.