Cuttack: The Commissionerate Police on Saturday arrested Sarat Sahu (35), one of the closest associates of the Dhalasamant brothers, and seized two guns and a live cartridge from his possession.
Badambadi police arrested Sahu, a resident of Khan Nagar area, and seized one 9 mm mouser, a revolver and one live cartridge from his possession. He was later forwarded to the court.
Briefing media persons here, Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora said the police was on the hunt for Sahu after it evidence of his association with the Dhalasamant brothers.
“Soon after his arrest, police seized two guns and a live cartridge from his possession and registered a case against him for illegal possession of arms”, he said, adding that Sahu has two cases pending in Madhupatna and Chauliaganj police stations.
He further said police had earlier served notice on Sahu to appear in the Chauliaganj police station for information about the auction of Bali ghat where he had a share with the Dhalasamant brothers, but he did not turn up.
To a question on how many persons having links with the Dhalasamant brothers, have been served notices, Arora said police is trying to get more information from the people. But he refused to give details since the investigation is underway.
To another question on the DNA report of Dipu and Om, the active members of Dhalasamant gang murdered inside a farmhouse at Khuntakata near Athgarh in Cuttack district, the DCP said police has submitted the report to the court, but it cannot be shared with the media in the interest of the investigation.
Notably, police on Friday had called up eight persons to Chauliaganj police station to question them about the modus operandi of balighat auction. During interrogation, police collected information about the places where the Dhalasamant brothers were running balighats many of which were being run illegally.
Police also sought the details from these eight persons about who among them had taken the balighat on auction with the Dhalasamant brothers and why they had withdrawn from the auction later.
Prior to this, Chauliaganj police had earlier served notice on eight persons from Cuttack and its nearby areas and five persons from outside the state in connection with the auction of balighats.
Meanwhile, Chauliaganj police on Saturday interrogated Ratan Sinha, secretary of erstwhile Cuttack Nagar Yuvak Sangh, for the third time.
Sources said Sinha handed over some documents of the Sangh to the police.