Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 6:
A week after the sensational dacoity in the house of former Judge of the Odisha High Court Justice PK Mohanty, commissionerate police today claimed to have cracked the case with the arrest of five members of the gang, including the mastermind, involved in the crime.
The hunt is on to nab the remaining four culprits, police said.
“We picked up the mastermind first and then rounded up his four accomplices. Their involvement in the crime has been established after several rounds of interrogation,” Twin City Commissioner, Dr RP Sharma said.The five accused, including mastermind, were grilled by the police for hours before they confessed to the crime, police sources said.
While it was being speculated that inter-state dacoits were involved in the dacoity, the police today clarified that all members of the gang were from Odisha.
Curiously, the dacoits claimed that they had no inkling that they had struck a judge’s house. They came to know about it from the television news channels, police said quoting them.
It may be recalled that these dacoits, wearing black masks on their faces, broke into the house under Markat Nagar police station limits in Cuttack in CDA Sector-11 area in the wee hours on May 30 and decamped with a huge cache of cash and ornaments.
After breaking into the house, the dacoits entered into his bed room and asked Justice Mohanty and wife to hand over cash and ornaments. They broke open the cupboard and took away cash and ornaments over lakhs after tying up Justice Mohanty and his wife and stuffing their mouths with clothes. They fled in a Maruti car belonging to Justice Mohanty after forcing him to hand over the key.
Commissionerate police had come in for a lot of flak for its failure to make any headway in the case. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had summoned DGP Sanjeev Marik and Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma and taken them to task for the failure to arrest the culprits.
The Odisha High Court too had given the Odisha police a rap on the knuckles and asked it to pull up its socks.
With today’s arrests, police have heave a sigh of relief.