Vikash Sharma

A major criminal gang was behind the recent robbery at the house of former India hockey skipper Prabodh Tirkey in Bhubaneswar, the Commissionerate Police said on Friday.

The city police busted the gang with the arrested of five criminals involved in the theft of medals, gold ornaments and other valuables from Tirkey’s quarters in the capital city. The robbers had targeted Tirkey’s quarters VR-86 located in Unit-6 area on January 20.

The arrested accused have been identified as –Chitaranjan Dalai, Sukant Dalai, Ganga Reddy, Milu Behera and Raja Mahalik. ACP (Zone 1) Manas Gadnayak said the criminal gang that burgled Prabodh Tirkey’s house was involved in more than 100 cases in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and nearby areas.

“The accused mostly used to target houses, especially quarters which were locked from outside. The gang members first used to conduct recee during the day time and barge into houses from various conservancy lanes and commit the crime. Then they used to transport stolen articles in an auto-rickshaw,” said Gadnayak.

Among the accused, over 35 cases are registered against Sukant and six cases against Chitaranjan. The gang was also involved in the burglary at the quarters of OAS Jyoti Mishra and others in the past. The Capital Police have recovered all the articles, including medals and other valuables stolen from the house of Prabodh Tirkey.

It can be mentioned here that Prabodh Tirkey, who was born in Sundargarh on 6th October 1984, was the national captain of sub-junior, junior and India A Team before becoming captain of the India senior team. He was in the Indian team which won the 2007 Asia Cup in Chennai.