Ramakanta Biswas

Making a mockery of the tight security measures taken in the Odisha capital in view of the ongoing Men’s Hockey World Cup, miscreants allegedly looted valuables from the government quarters of former international hockey player and captain of Indian team Prabodh Tirkey. 

As per sources, robbers targeted Tirkey’s quarters VR-86 located in Unit-6 area of the city on Friday night when he and his family members were away.   

While Tirkey was away in Rourkela, one of the host cities of the mega tournament, to watch match, his mother had gone to their native village in Sundargarh when the loot took place. 

Speaking to OTV, Tirkey confirmed the robbery and said his medals, TV set, computer and gold ornaments among other valuables were looted from the government quarters. 

Tirkey said he got to know about the burglary after a boy employed by him to look after the quarters in his absence called him up and informed about it. He added that a police complaint has been lodged in this regard.

Prabodh Tirkey, who was born in Sundargarh on 6th October 1984, was the national captain of sub-junior, junior and India-A team and finally became the India senior team captain. He was in the Indian team which won the 2007 Asia Cup in Chennai.

Notably, the hockey world cup which began on January 13 is being played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela. The mega event will conclude on January 29.

Reported by Atulya Kumar Bout, OTV