Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 15:
Commissionerate Police today busted a gang of criminals in the Odisha capital comprising Engineering and a MBA Students involved in a vehicle lifting racket and arrested five persons in this connection, including three engineering students.
Interestingly, police sources said the gang members used to spend lavishly on their girl friends and indulged in vehicle theft to fulfill their material demands.
The police also recovered stolen vehicles, fire arms and other incriminating articles from their possession.
Briefing newsmen at the Commissionerate headquarters here, Commissioner Dr RP Sharma said at about 4 AM on June 9, the accused persons contacted Chitranjan Sahoo of Puri, the owner of a Scorpio bearing Reg. No. OR-13-B-4111 to drop a patient in Bhubaneswar.
The latter sent his vehicle with driver Sampad Gin to drop four persons near Pitapalli. One of the accused persons,, Rakesh Nayak alias Raka (22), who hails from Nandighar under Kanas police limits in Puri district and is a student of Aryan Institute of Technology here, led the Scorpio with a Karizma motor cycle while the others sat in the Scorpio.
Rakesh stopped the Scorpio near Vivekananda College of Engineering and Technology, Pitapalli where the accused overpowered the driver, forcibly dragged him to a bushy jungle, assaulted him and tied him to a tree.
Then the accused persons took away the driver’s purse containing Rs 2000, his mobile phone and ATM card at knife point and fled in the Scorpio.
Acting on the complaint lodged by Chitranjan, Chandaka Police registered a case (59/2015) slapping charges under sections 392, 342, 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused Special Squad was instructed to assist Chandaka Police in the investigation of the case, the Commissioner said.
During the course of the investigation, it was found that a group of seasoned motor cycle lifters of Balasore area was involved in the crime. Intensive raids were conducted at different places during which five criminals were apprehended. Besides, the stolen Scorpio, along with four other stolen motor cycles, 10 mobile phones, one revolver and two live ammunitions were recovered from their possession, Dr Sharma added.
The other four accused persons were identified as Arun Mallik (32) of Bahanaga under Soro police limits in Balasore, Ranjit Choudhury alias Bablu (22) of Kotakana under Kanas police station in Puri and a MBA Student in Mahindra Institute of Technology, Kalia Sethy (23) of Naharana under Balikuda police limits in Jagatsinghpur and Khitis Puhan (24) of Angargadia under Industrial Eestate police limits in Balasore and a student of ITER Engineering college in the city.
“Arun Mallick, who is involved in more than 20 cases, including robbery, dacoity and murder in Balasore district, is the gang leader. They are suspected to have been involved in many other crimes which are under investigation,” said Dr Sharma.