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Robbers Strike Bhubaneswar: Special Squad To Nab Offenders, Youth's Cooperation Necessary, Says CP

31 July 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: As four cases of armed robberies have been reported from Bhubaneswar over the last 24 hours, locals today blocked NH-16 at Rasulgarh Square demanding arrest of the offenders.

The locals especially the youth staged road blockade by burning tyres and sloganeered against police for allegedly failing to curb loot incidents in the city. As a result, vehicular movement on Cuttack-Bhubaneswar and Puri-Cuttack route was severely affected.

As the protest gathered rage, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissioner of Police Satyajit Mohanty reached the spot and said, "Since four loot cases have happened in the last 24 hours, the people are obviously angry. They have some genuine demands and we are ready to address them. A special squad has been formed to nab the robbers as soon as possible and they have started their operation."

"Meanwhile, we want help from youths of the community to gather some key information. We have convened a meeting wherein the youth organizations can share information and identify drug peddlars and anti-social elements in their areas," he added.

After getting assurance, the crowd dissipated and situation was brought back to normal. 

Notably on Tuesday, an old man, a family of four, a car showroom owner and a hotelier were all targeted by armed robbers during different times of the day.

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Satyajit Mohanty, Police Commissioner, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack