Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Apr 19 :
The Commissionerate Police on Saturday evening rounded up eight criminals including one driver on charges of complicity in a fire-arm smuggling racket in Odisha..
The accused were identified as Jitendra Swain (26) of Aska, Mrutunjay Sahu (49) of Polasara, Siddharth Nayak alias Babu (21) of Aska, Tuna Swain (25) of Kodala, Kuna Barik of Kabisuryanagar, Bulu Patra (30) of Aska, Suryanarayan Padhi of Polasara, all are from Ganjam district and Ramesh Pradhan (24) of Ranpur in Nayagarh district..
According to the twin city Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr R P Sharma, the Quick Action Team (QAT) got a tip-off this afternoon about the presence of fire-arm smugglers from Ganjam district in a hotel near the MLA colony in Unit-4 area here to carry out deals with some anti-socials in the city.
Dr Sharma said, when a 10-member team of QAT led by Sub-Inspector Akash Rana reached the hotel, on one of the gang members Jitendra Swain who was guarding the entrance point fired at them. The police retialiated and over-powered Jitendras after shooting the criminal in his leg.
Two other members of the gang who were also present at the ground floor of the hotel fled the spot, the CP informed, adding, the injured Jitendra was rushed to the Capital Hospital here and later shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack after his health condition deteriorated.
Then the police team then nabbed seven members of the criminal gang including the mastermind Mrutunjay and the driver Suryanarayan.
All of them had come to the city in an Indica car and two motor cycles. Police said..
The police seized seven live bullets, one 9mm pistol, one Indica car (OR-02-AY-3739), two motor cycles and nine mobile phones from the possession of the accused persons
.“We suspect that there is a possibility that there are more arms with the criminals who managed to flee the spot. Investigation is on to ascertain if there are more members of this gang who are involved in gun trading and also to identify anti-socials in the city who buy arms from this gang,” Dr Sharma said.
Police sources said the mastermind Mrutunjay has around 17 cases of murder, dacoity and illegal fire-arms trade pending against him..