Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kendrapada, Feb 2:
Police arrested the brother of notorious gangster Tito—Syed Imran Ali alias Sapho—on charges of tender fixing in Odisha’s Kendrapada district late on Monday night, sources said today.
Sapho was accused of fixing tenders of Rs 10 crore called by Irrigation department. A case was registered in this regard. Over 13 cases are pending against Sapho at various police stations in the district, Kendrapada SP Nitinjeet Singh said.
Sapho is the brother of Seikh Usman Ali alias Tito who controls a crime syndicate masterminding the fixing of tenders of various construction division offices.
It may be mentioned that Sambalpur police yesterday arrested 12 persons allegedly involved in tender fixing. Besides, police seized firearms from their possession. A BSP MLA candidate in the last Assembly election was among the arrested persons. Three mousers, four single shot country-made revolvers and a single shot pipe gun besides 20 rounds of ammunition were seized from their possession, police said.
Notably, Odisha police have intensified their crackdown on tender fixing mafia following the arrest of Dhal Samant brothers who were arrested last Thursday on charges of tender fixing and extortion from a rented house in Pokhariput area in the capital city.
With each passing day, investigators are pulling more skeletons from Dhal Samant brothers’ closet indicative of the crime syndicate run by them.