12 dacoits arrested

Sambalpur: Twelve members of an inter-state dacoit gang involved in robbery of aluminium from trucks on highways in the state were arrested and materials and cash seized from them, police said on Friday.

Acting on complaints about hijacking of several aluminium laden trucks at various police stations in Sambalpur and adjoining districts, police swung into action and nabbed one Feroz Khan alias Kulu and his father Ghulam Hussain Khan here, claimed to be kingpin of the racket.

On the basis of information given by them, police raided a godown at Kulanga under Kutra police station of Sundargarh district, arrested its owner Dhanbir Roy and seized 15.32 tons of aluminium valued Rs 25 lakh, Superintendent of Police, Sambalpur, Nikhil Kanodia said.

An amount of Rs 55,000 also seized from Ghulam which he had received from Dhanbir towards delivery charge, he said. Besides Feroz, Ghulam and Dhanbir, 9 others were also arrested.