Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, June 7:
Hardly hours after the Commissionerate Police claimed success on Saturday over cracking of the case of armed robbery in the house of former Judge of the Odisha High Court Justice PK Mohanty in CDA sector-11 area in the city here on May 30 with the arrest of five members of the gang, including the mastermind, involved in the crime, burglars broke into the house of a senior advocate of the Odisha High Court in the same locality and decamped with valuables worth lakhs of rupees including cash.
In what can be described as an open challenge to the Commissionerate Police burglars on Saturday night broke into the house of senior High Court advocate Ajay Mohanty in CDA sector-11 which is located at a distance of 50 metres from the ACP office in CDA and house of Justice PK Mohanty where armed robbery was committed on May 30, reports said.
Taking advantage of there being no one in the house yesterday night burglars by breaking open the iron grills on the front side of the house entered the premises and decamped with whatever they could lay their hands on, reports said. Advocate Mohanty has two houses in Cuttack one at Choudhury Bazaar area and the one in CDA sector-11 where the burglary has taken place. While Mohanty stays at his Choudhury Bazaar residence, his three sons and two daughter-in-laws stay in their CDA house. As Mohanty’s two sons and daughter-in-laws had gone out of the city in the morning, his youngest son had gone to stay with his parents at their Choudhury Bazaar home in the night.
Advocate Mohanty’s family members claimed that the burglars have decamped with cash amounting to Rs 60,000 and gold and silver jewellry worth lakhs of rupees. The burglars have even taken away brass utensils and articles used by the family for puja purposes in their puja room. Doors of all the six rooms in the house have been broken open with cupboards ransacked. The burglars have used the toilet of the house and have opened the refrigerator kept in the house.
Police personnel present at site said following High Court’s order over the deteriorating law and order in the state there was intensive police patrolling in the area yesterday night while vehicle checking was on all entry and exit points of the city.
It may be recalled that the state government yesterday took several important decisions to execute the court’s order for regular review of criminal activities and measures to curb them.