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Rs 18 lakh looted at gunpoint in city


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 3:

In a sensational daylight robbery, three unidentified bike-borne armed miscreants looted Rs 17 lakh cash along with a Rs 1 lakh cheque kept in a bag from an employee of Aditya Care Hospital at gun point in front of the Andhra Bank located at the Damana Square under Chandrasekhapur police limits here, police sources said.

Jayadev Kumar Das
Jayadev Kumar Das

Jayadev Kumar Das, the accountant of Aditya Care hospital informed that t around 11 am in the morning, he, accompanied by the driver, an unarmed security guard and three other staff of the hospital was on his way to the bank to deposit the cash and the Rs 1 lakh cheque in the office vehicle.

“While getting down from their vehicle, three miscreants on a bike suddenly accosted us and asked us to hand over the bag containing the cash and the cheque to them. When we refused to do so, they whipped out a revolver and fired a couple of blank shots to the ground,” Das said.

“I got scared and handed over the bag to them. They immediately zipped off with the bag towards Damana Haat,” he added.

When quizzed about why they had not informed police before taking such a large sum of money to the bank as per the instructions of the commissionerate police, the accountant said; “We come to the bank to deposit cash almost daily and it is not always possible to call the police.” He held the hospital management responsible for the lapse.

Eyewitness at the spot informed that before the armed security guards of the bank could do anything, the miscreants pointed a gun at him.

Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of police (DCP) Nitinjeet Singh, along with the local IIC, reached the spot and interrogated the eye-witnesses present at the spot during the loot.

“It is premature to say anything about the loot and we are verifying all the facts. At the same time, we have sealed the city borders and have alerted all police stations in neighbouring districts to watch out for the looters. We gave given them the colour of the bike used in the heist,” the DCP said.

A loot case has been registered at the Chandrasekharpur police station, Singh added.