Vikash Sharma

Exposing chinks in existing police patrolling and other surveillance measures, unidentified robbers managed to loot cash and other valuables from the house of a lady OAS officer twice in the past 12 days.

The shocking repeated instance of burglary has not been reported from any remote area in Odisha, but those took place in the Smart City of Bhubaneswar.

The OAS officer, Sonali Priyadarshini is not feeling safe anymore as the burglars decamped with valuables worth around Rs 5 lakh in the twin robbery incidents within a fortnight. As per reports, the burglars had first struck at Priyadarshini’s house located in Nayapalli and decamped with gold ornaments and cash worth around Rs 3 lakh on August 18.

The OAS officer, who lives with her husband, installed Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) at her house a day after the first break-in. However, that did not deter the miscreants who struck back with impunity and took away the CCTV hard-disk along with cash and other valuables from the house pegged at around Rs 1 lakh on Monday.

“After the first robbery incident, we had installed CCTV with the hope that it will instil some fear in the minds of the miscreants. But as if throwing a challenge, they took away cash as well as the CCTV hard disk this time,” said Priyadarshini.

According to Priyadarshini, the miscreants broke into her house between 3 and 4 pm in the first theft incident. “It seems some seasoned robbers’ gang is behind the thefts as they have not left any clue and easily escaped with valuables by breaking open the doors,” she said.

The lady OAS officer said, “I am not feeling safe as most of the times we are out on duty. Already the miscreants have been successful twice and we now urge police to take stern action.”

Apart from the lady OAS officer’s house, some unidentified miscreants looted cash and other valuables from the house of a businessman in Khandagiri area in the past couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, senior officials of Commissionerate Police could not be contacted over the twin theft incidents.