Bhubaneswar, Apr 8 UNI | 4 months ago

Police have arrested five members of a dacoit gang from the Bhubaneswar-Puri national highway under Lingaraj police station area here yesterday while they were planning to commit a dacoity.

Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate of Police R P Sharma told newspersons here today that police seized one Italy made 7.65 MM bore automatic pistol with four ammunition, a .32 bore revolver with three ammunition, five country-made bombs, two motorcycles, five cell phones, one sword and a sharp weapon from their possession.

Mr Sharma identified the accused as Debasis Mohapatra alias Biku (24),his cousin Biswajit Malia alias Tiku(28), Supravat Mohapatra alias Pupun(18), Rajesh Kumar Dalai (20) and Bibhuti Behera (19).

The Police Commissioner said all the five accused, except Biswajit, belonged to Puri. Biswajit is a resident of Kapileswar village under Lingaraj police station.

Mr Sharma said the accused were arrested by the members of the Quick Action Team and the Lingaraj police station after ten days of surveillance. The gang was committing crimes almost daily and the police had kept a watch on their movement.

As many as 14 cases, including extortion and attempt to murder were registered against Debasis, the brain behind the gang.

Similarly three criminal cases were registered against Supravat at Satyabadi, one each at Sea beach police station, Puri and at Banarpal police station in Anugul district.

While Supravat is doing hotel management,Debasis has studied upto class nine.

Mr Sharma said interrogation is on to get the details about the other criminals.

The Commissioner said during preliminary interrogation the accused said they had procured the arms and ammunition from a middlemen from Puri.

During interrogation the criminals revealed that the arms and ammunition came from Bihar and Jharkhand to Puri and then it was supplied to various destinations like Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

Mr Sharma suspected that criminals might have procured the ammunition manufactured in Indian Ordnance factory from a licensed arms dealer.

Though it was written that the pistol was made in Italy, he said it was made in India.

Mr Sharma said efforts are on to get to the bottom of the source from where the arms and ammunition were being supplied.

(Posted on 08-04-2014)