‘Special 26’ formed in Odisha Capital to curb crime

Bhubaneswar: In view of rising cases of loot and snatching in Bhubaneswar, the Commissionerate Police decided to deploy a ‘Special 26’ team at every police station in the Odisha Capital.

Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash today informed a Special Officer will be engaged at each police station in the city. As many as four Constables will work under the Special Officer who will lead each ‘Special 26’ team.

The ‘Special 26’ teams will handle only loot and snatching cases in the city, the DCP added.

The move comes amid a spike in cases of loot and snatching in Bhubaneswar in recent past. Looters and snatchers have been throwing an open challenge to the Commissionerate Police by committing crime in broad daylight.

In one of such cases in the city in recent past, a youth snatched a gold chain from a woman, who was plucking flowers in morning hours in front of her house in Khandagiri Bari area, at knife point yesterday. The snatcher also beat the woman before decamping with her gold chain. The loot incident was captured in a CCTV installed outside the house of the loot victim’s neighbour.

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