Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 24:
The special squad of Commissionerate police on Monday arrested three history sheeters while they were planning to commit a crime in Nayapalli area. Two others managed to give the slip to the police personnel chasing them.
A 9 mm pistol, two live bullets and a stolen Bajaj Pulsar bike were seized from their possession, police said.
The accused identified as Sanjay Jena (32) and Sushant Mallick (34), both of Niali, besides Dhananjay Panda of Angul, have a host of serious charges against them including murder and dacoity. They were charged with various sections of the IPC, besides the Explosives Act and the Arms Act and forwarded to the local court here today, police sources said.
Speaking to media persons here, Twin City Commissioner Dr RP Sharma informed that the criminals arrested today were engaged in a series of serious crimes, including murder, dacoity, bombing, loot and extortion, in various districts of the state for the last 10 years.
Sanjay and Sushant are hard core criminals involved in more than 10 crime cases in Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kalahandi, Jajpur and Angul. They were involved in the petrol pump bombing case in Balipatna in 2012 and a murder case in Niali in 2013, Sharma said.
Sanjay was the mastermind behind all crimes executed by the gang earlier, informed Dr Sharma. He had absconded while being produced before a local court by Lalbagh police station in 2011. A jailor had been dismissed and arrested for his role in Sanjay’s escape, he added.
In most cases, Sanjay and Sushant used explosives in committing crimes for which several cases under sections of the Indian Explosives Act were also pending against them in various police stations. Three Non-Bailable Warrants (NBWs) were pending against Sanjay while 5 NBWs were slapped against Sushant for repeatedly committing heinous crimes, Dr Sharma said.
Among two absconding criminals, Chagala was the leader behind all attacks and crimes in different parts of the state. “Efforts are on to nab the absconding culprits as well as to ascertain if there are members in the gang,” he said.