Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Rourkela, Feb 1:
The Steel City police on Saturday arrested 11 persons involved in the loot of a Bhubaneswar-based businessman on January 7 and recovered 1.65 kg of gold jewellery and Rs 4 lakh 45 thousand in cash from their possession. Two other accused were still absconding, police sources said.
The accused persons involved in the act of looting were identified as Santosh Singh alias Raghu (25) of Kaligali, Harendra Rout alias Deepu (29) of Gopalpur, Lokannath Das alias Looka (26) of Sutahata, Kartik Sahu (28) and Ajaya Sahu alias Jeetu (21) of Chouliaganj (all from Cuttack ).
The receivers were identified as Jogendra Sahu alias Jogi (34) of Chitreswara of Cuttack, Anil Kumar Senapathy (24) of Kapileswar in Bhubaneswar, Santosh Das (26) of Mandarpur, Padmalochan Kamila (40) of Samuraipur, Basanta Kumar Rana of Koshaliganj and Niranjan Kamila of Madhipur.
The last four accused hail from Baleswar district.
The accused, booked under section 363, 395 of IPC and 25, 27 under Arms Act were forwarded to the local court here today.
Briefing about the dacoity at the Plant site police station here, Rourkela Superintendent of Police Amitendranath Sinha informed that on 6 January, an employee of Subash Jewellery, Basant Behera had boarded a bus to Rourkela with gold jewellery weighing over 2.5 kg to be handed over to the company’s Rourkela branch.
The next morning, after getting down at Rourkela, Basant hired an auto rickshaw to reach the showroom of his company. He was unaware that a Bolero jeep was following him. People in the jeep stopped him en route and looted the gold jewellery and cash from him at gun point.
They dumped Basant, later, near Angul.
Rourkela police had registered a case in the matter after the owner of the local branch of Subhash Jewellery lodged a complaint on January 8.
The police which mounted an intense search, managed to nab 11 of the 13 people involved directly or indirectly in the case including the kingpin Santosh and recovered over 1.65 kgs of gold and Rs 4.45 lakh in cash from them.
Efforts are on to arrest two other accused persons and recover the rest of stolen property, Rourkela SP AN Sinha told OST.