Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 14:
Three notorious criminals were arrested on the charge of of looting electronic gadgets from an electronic Godown located at Pahala on the outskirt of Odisha’s capital city, Twin City Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr RP Sharma said today.
Police seized a huge haul of electronics goods from the accused inlcuding 522 mobile phones, 204 tablets, 215 laptops, 35 bluetooth devices, 2200 pen drives, 180 dongles, 400 data cards and 8 LED monitors, together worth more than Rs 3 crores.
Four more criminals involved in the loot, including the mastermind, are yet to be nabbed by the police. Efforts were on to nab them, the SP said.
The looters nabbed are identified as Nanda Mallick from Dharmasala, Manoj Kumar Rout of Jajpur and Manoj Kumar Mandal, a driver by profession from Nayagarh district. These accused will be forwarded to a local court here today.
The Commissioner said the loot was planned on February 9 and the mastermind behind the loot was a security guard named Nihar Ranjan Beuda, working under BIS securities, a private security agency. He is still at large since the loot incident. Sagar alias Khirod Kumar Sahoo, Bikash Mohanty and Bubu Mallick are the others looters yet to be nabbed by the police.
The owner of the godown, after getting information about the loot by another security guard Pravat Pati on the loot day, lodged the complaint with the local police station.
Acting on the complaint the police team today arrested three persons – Manoj Kumar Mandal from Pahala, the other two from Jajpur. After looting the high-end electronic items like mobiles, tablets, laptops, pendrives, LED monitors and others, the looters kept these items at Pahala first and then took them to Jajpur to sel, The CP saidl. They carried these electronic gadgets with the help of two Tata Pick vans.
“We are verifying the past antecedents of the accused. Action will be taken against the BIS security agency for not following certain norms set by Commissionerate as one of security guards is the mastermind behind the loot,” the CP said.