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Encountered Criminal Rabi Rao Wanted In Several Districts: Commissionerate Police

05 August 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: Veteran criminal Rabi Rao who was injured in an encounter with Commissionerate Police on Sunday evening is wanted in several districts across Odisha in connection with crimes including murder.

Bhubaneswar DCP Anup Kumar Sahoo today informed that based on a specific input, about presence of Rao in an Innova vehicle near Bharatpur, Khandagiri IIC along with his team had been pressed into action.

On arrival of the police, Rao had opened fire on them and was injured in an exchange of fire. He was first admitted at Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar and later shifted to SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack.

There are several cases registered against Rao under Commissionerate Police and other districts including a murder case at Kamakhyanagar Police Station in Dhenkanal. Commissionerate Police is collecting details of all the cases registered against Rao and have also apprised SPs of concerned districts about his arrest for necessary action.

The DCP further informed that the Innova seized from Rao is the same vehicle which had been stolen after attacking its driver from under Khandagiri Police Station limits. Rao and gang of the remaining four criminals, who were nabbed during two other encounters, were involved in the major loot incidents occurred in the last three to four months.

Their arrest will definitely have an impact on the issues and the policing system will be strengthened to prevent recurrence of such incidents in future, he added.

Bhubaneswar being a growing city, many apartments are being constructed on the outskirts which are beyond the limits of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA).

As such apartments are being used by some criminals as their hideouts; the IIC of the local police stations will be sensitized to contact the resident welfare committee of newly constructed apartments in their area. The process of verification will be strengthened and the resident welfare committees will be asked to share details of the persons living in the apartments, said Sahoo.

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Anup Kumar Sahoo, DCP, Bhubaneswar