Contract killing on the rise in state capital

Bhubaneswar: The recent spurt in crime graph shows a common trend i.e, contract killing.

The temple city which was once considered as a peaceful city has now turned as crime capital with increase in murder and abduction cases. In the recent past, incidents of contract killing were reported.

On January 23, body of a courier service company, First Flight Couriers Ltd, Debasish Mohanty was found inside his car near Janla in the outskirts of the city along the National Highway-5. Though no arrests have been made so far, police suspect the involvement of contract killers behind the gruesome murder.

Few days later, the suspense over disappearance of KIIT Establishment Officer Pramod Kumar Sahu ended after the arrest of criminals involved in his abduction. These antisocial elements, who abducted Pramod on January 27, confessed to have executed the orders at the behest of their masters.

Besides, the murder bid on Tarni Patnaik, President Azad Hind Club at IRC Villager here, was outsourced to hired goons at a price of Rs 5 lakh. Patnaik was shot at by miscreants on March 4 near Salia Sahi.

Last week, five miscreants fired at a salesman of a pharmacy shop at Shastri Nagar here. However, Sanjay Mishra escaped the bid on life. Contract killers were hired at Rs 2 lakh to eliminate Sanjay.

Earlier in December 28 last, criminals fired at a builder’s residence at BJB Nagar area and police suspect the involvement of contract killers in the incident.

Sources say, the incidents of crime are increasing due to easy access to firearms and it has become a challenge for the Commissionerate police to alter the crime statistics.