Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 14:
The accused have been identified as Anil Singh (32) of Golahat from Assam, Tipu Singh (28) of Agra, Aryan Singh (25) and Joni Guala (40), both of Allahabad.
The accused have been booked under section 379 and 34 of IPC.
Police have seized Rs 30,000 and a motor cycle without any registration number from their possession.
Briefing media persons today, Twin City Police Commissioner Dr R P Sharma said acting on a tip-off, the special squad under his direct supervision was able to nab four inter-state robbers from the city.
The Commissioner said the four were involved in three major cases of robbery in the city last year – the loot of Rs 4.7 lakh in cash from a city-based trader near the State Bank of India (SBI) branch at IDCO Tower on December 30, loot of Rs 1.4 lakh from a contractor near Sriya Square on December 11and loot of more than Rs 2 lakh reported at Kharvela police station on June 24.
The gang was active not only in Odisha but also in Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. They used to keep close watch over different banks in the city and loot the cash from unsuspecting depositors. They used to operate with the help of bikes, Dr Sharma said.
All the four accused have confessed to their crimes and investigation is on to ascertain their criminal antecedents and trace the cash looted by them, he said.
” The accused will be forwarded to the court today. If required we will bring them on remand from the jail to interrogate them,” Dr Sharma said, adding, one team will be sent to Uttar Pradesh shortly to find out more about these professional robbers.