OST Crime Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 9:
Airfield police, along with the special squad, on Monday arrested five persons in connection with the loot of Rs 70 lakh in Palaspalli area here on November 30.
Suman Barik (22) of Bhadrak staying at Unit-4, Prasanta Jena (24) alias Papu of Damana area, Saroj Kumar Swain (22) and Sukanta Rout (26) of Sundarpada under Airfield police limits and Mohan Jena of Kuakhia in Jajpur district staying at Bhimatangi here, were booked under section 392 of IPC and were forwarded to the local court today.
The police raided several suspected locations in the state and arrested them from Nauri village in Banapur, said twin city Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma.
“Rs 34.60 lakh in cash, 46 bank cheque books, four mobile phones, one bracelet, one knife and one purse was seized from their possession,” Dr Sharma said.
Mohan and Sukanta, drivers of Jagat Janani Infrastructure Private Limited owner Ugrashen Sahoo, had hatched the plan to loot the money on that day.
Dr Sharma informed that the two drivers, who were the masterminds behind the crime, had involved three of their associates for the loot. They prepared a blueprint on the night of November 29. Mohan left the house carrying Biswajit, the nephew of Ugashen, in a car. Papu and Suman stopped the car by coming in their path on their bike and decamped with the Rs 36 lakhs cash that was kept in a bag at knife point from Biswajit near Palaspalli square.
“After taking the money, the four accomplices of Mohan had left for a safer place at Nauri village in Banapur. During interrogation, Mohan confessed to the crime and also revealed the hide-outs of others,” said the Commissioner.
The commissioner said the accused have spent the rest of the cash during their period of hiding since the incident.
Of the three accomplices the main conspirators had roped in, Papu and Suman (B tech students) were two bouncers (body guards) in the city while Saroj was running a mobile recharge shop in the city, police said.