An inter-State gang, which was involved in looting money from cash counters of several medicine shops in Bhubaneswar, was busted by the Commissionerate police on Thursday. .
Four members of the gang were arrested by the police. Cash of Rs 39,000, four mobile phones, two voter ID cards and an Aadhaar card were seized from their possession.
Commissioner of Police Saumendra Priyadarshi said a special team led by ACP Sanjeev Satpathy was formed following s series of loots reported from Badagada, Nayapalli, Lingaraj Nagar and Kharavel Nagar.
“Our special squad finally busted the gang and arrested four miscreants in connection with the heists. Significantly, all the accused are residents of West Bengal. They were staying at a lodge near Ashok Nagar area and operating from there. They were also planning to carry out such loots in Cuttack when our team nabbed," said Priyadarshi.
While the prime accused Raju hails from Nadia district in West Bengal, Deepak Biswas, Sankar Dey and Sonu-are from North 24 Parganas. The modus operandi of the gang was to loot, especially medicine shops, by diverting the attention of the shopkeepers, he said.
He further said, "During investigation, we found that the gang had earlier carried out such loots in Brahmaspur. We suspect there may be some more members of the gang. Our investigation was still ongoing."
Priyadarshi has urged the traders and businessmen to remain vigilant during transactions and keep cash