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Sundargarh Reserve Police Armoury Theft: Constable To Be Brought On Remand To Verify External Links


03 December 2018

Bikash Das


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Bhubaneswar: The arrested police constable, Gulshan Kiro, accused of stealing magazines along with 60 rounds of bullets from the Guard Room of Reserve Police Office at Sundargarh, will be brought on remand for further interrogation to ascertain his intentions and verify involvement of any external party behind the crime, said DGP RP Sharma today.

Sharma informed that four magazines, each containing 15 rounds of ammunition, of four SLRs (Self-Loading Rifles) had gone missing from the Guard Room on November 25. As the authorities at the Reserve Police office were unable to trace its whereabouts during preliminary investigation, they lodged a FIR at Sundargarh Town Police Station on November 26, based on which a case was registered.

Sundargarh SP, Saumya Mishra, initiated a probe which has been personally monitored by DIG (Western Range) Rourkela, Kavita Jalan. During investigation it was found that Gulshan, who was off from duty on that day, had visited the Guard Room and taking advantage of the on-duty guard's absence decamped with four magazines along with 60 rounds of ammunition.

After interrogating him on ground of suspicion, all four magazines and 60 rounds of ammunition were recovered from his dwelling place at the Reserve Police barrack. Gulshan has been placed under suspension and arrested, besides a departmental enquiry will be initiated against him, Sharma added.

He further informed that DIG Rourkela has been asked to conduct physical verification of the armoury at the Reserve Police Office. And a thorough enquiry has been ordered to ascertain the lapses on behalf of the concerned authorities.

Stringent action will also be taken against the on-duty constable at the Guard Room if any slackness in performing duty is found, added Sharma.

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RP Sharma, DGP, Odisha