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17-Member Lootera Gang Nabbed, Many Of Them Drug Addicts: Police Commissioner

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30 November 2018

Bikash Das

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Bhubaneswar: In a major success to the Bhubaneswar Urban Police Department (UPD) under the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack (Twin City) Commissionerate of Police, a 17-member lootera gang has fallen into its dragnet while most of the arrested miscreants were found out to be drug addicts.

Briefing media today, Twin City Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty said, “When we noticed the growing trend of snatching and robbery cases for the last three weeks, especially mobile phones and snatching of bags from ladies, our Special Squad and all the police stations went alert. In the last three-four days, the Special Squad and several police stations became proactive to catch the gang of looters. Hence, Bhubaneswar Police has gained a major success in this attempt.”

He informed, “17 mobile phone snatchers, who used to intercept motor-cyclists on the road and ladies in the parks, have been arrested. 73 mobile sets have been recovered and more recovery is still on. It’s a big success. I would like to thank all the officials of Bhubaneswar UPD.”

He further informed, “We have noticed that most of the members of the gang are drug addicts. As they required money for drugs, they were resorting this crime. Following this, our Quick Action Team (QAT) along with Nayapalli and Infocity Police Station staff pounced down on the drug-peddlers dealing in brown sugar. They have been nabbed and over Rs 70,000 seized.

“As drug is now detected to be connected with the lootera gang, curbing these two things will now be on our priority list,” stressed the Police Commissioner.

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Satyajit Mohanty, Police Commissioner, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack