Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 6:
Commissionerate Police arrested five college students carrying illegal firearms moving in two bikes near Kalinga Vihar Electric Substation under Tamando police limits in Odisha’sKhurda district last night.
The accused were caught with the firearms during checks at different locations here to nab the accused, who robbed Rs 11 lakh from an accountant of a private hospital yesterday.
The accused were identified as Jyotiranjan Behera alias Anil (21) of Podasahi under Khurda Town police station in Khurda district, Saswat Dhal alias Somu (19) of Nijagarh Purakhi under Pipili police limits in Puri district presently staying at Unit-1 of the city, Ashutosh Behera alias Papun (19) of Bhimatangi Housing Board Colony, Manojit Maharana alias Manoj (18) of Sundarpada and Kumar Debananda alias Debu (19) of Palaspalli, the last three under Airfield police station of the city.
All accused were booked under Arms Act for possession of illegal arms.
Briefing media persons here today, twin city Commissioner of Police Dr R P Sharma informed that during a check by the Quick Action Team (QAT) of the Commissionerate and Tamando police yesterday night to nab culprits of Rs 11 lakh occurred at Jaydev Vatika square under Khandagiri police limits here, arrested five persons carrying illegal arms in two bikes. Out of the five accused held, four are engineering college students pursuing their third year B Tech degree in different private colleges in the city. One among them belongs to a private college pursuing his Plus Three final year in the Commerce stream.
Police seized two semi automated pistols, one country made revolver, 10 live bullets, six mobile phones and two wallets from their possession.
While one case was pending against Saswat at Capital police station, four cases are pending against Manojit in different police stations in the city, including three in the Airfield police limits.
On illegal trade of fire-arms in state, Dr Sharma said all these sophisticated guns are being procured from Munger area of Bihar and supplied to Odisha through Tata Nagar in Jharkhand.
The criminals of the state buy these guns from inter-state suppliers at normal prices ranging from Rs 2000-Rs 3000 and then sell them it to petty criminals at high prices (Rs 35,000-Rs 45,000) in the state, he added.