Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 30:
Commissionerate Police today arrested three persons in connection with the robbery at the house of a professor at Sailshree Vihar in the Odisha capital on June 27.
Among the three arrested was Ashok Pangari, who worked as a driver for Krushna Chandra Singh (68), a biology lecturer in KIIT University here.
Police said Pangari was the mastermind of the crime and executed it with the help of two of his associates – Bhajaman Khatei (22) and Bichitrananda Baliarsingh (28). Another accused Sangram Mohanty (22) is still on the run.
“Ashok was employed by the lecturer for one month and left the job on June 20. He subsequently plotted the crime as he knew the time when Jyotsnarani Singh (58), Prof Singh’s wife, would be alone in her residence,” said Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Satyabrata Bhoi.
Police further said that despite repeated advisories to senior citizens not to employ anyone without verifying and keeping details such as name and address, the Singh family has no details of Ashok.
The police have seized a laptop, two pairs of earrings and other silver ornaments from the accused. Further investigation is on, police said.
Three unidentified armed robbers had struck at the house of Professor Singh on Saturday and had decamped with valuables worth over Rs 4 lakhs in broad daylight.
Among the valuables stolen by the daylight robbers were 100 gm of gold. 300 gm of silver, a mobile phone and a laptop.
At around 12.30 PM, the three unmasked miscreants knocked on the door of Prof KC Singh while he was in office. When his wife Jyotsna Rani opened the door, the trio forced their way into the house and held her at gun point. They broke open the almirah and took out the valuables.
Before decamping with the valuables, the robbers had tied the hands and legs of Jyotsnarani.
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