Loot incidents by bikers gang on the rise

Bhubaneswar: It seems the bikers gang is on the prowl as two incidents of loot have been reported on Monday. In full public glare, miscreants looted nearly Rs eight lakh and gold ornaments from a rural bank and an NGO employee in two separate incidents in this capital city and at Haldia near neighbouring Khurda town today.

Two motor-cycle borne youths intercepted the employee of an NGO near Stewart School in busy CRPF square area when he was returning after withdrawing cash from a bank and decamped with Rs 3.86 lakh, police said.

In another dacoity, armed miscreants struck at Neelachal Gramya Bank located on the outskirt of Khurda town and opened fire in the air before taking the locker keys from the staff, police said.

The attackers looted Rs four lakh and gold ornaments and jewellery from the bank locker before fleeing.

The dacoities took place barely three days after bike-borne miscreants looted Rs 13 lakh from a city-based businessman in the state capital on July 8, police sources said.

The way the persons were looted hinted clearly that the bikers` gang members keep a close watch on the targets coming out of banks after withdrawing cash. The recent spate of incidents has thrown a challenge for the commissionerate police here as the members of the gang are striking at will. Even after identifying a suspect with the help of CCTV footage, the police haven`t achieved much success as of now.