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Sharmili Mallick

In yet another incident of the deteriorating law and order situation in the State, a man who returned from Bengaluru was sedated and looted while travelling in a car to a village in Kendrapara district from Bhubaneswar. The two miscreants who looted the man had given him a lift in a car.

Though the incident occurred on February 1, the matter came to the fore after the victim, identified as Biren Kumar Parida of Olavara village under Ranjkanika block of Kendrapara district, lodged an FIR at the Saheed Nagar Police Station today.

As per the complainant, when Parida reached the bus stand near Satsang Vihar in the Capital City at around 6.15 pm on February 1, he learnt that he had missed the bus to his village.

He then decided to wait for another bus which was scheduled to leave one hour later. When he was waiting at the bus stand, two persons came in a car and offered him a lift.

“Two persons came to me in a car and asked me about my destination. I told them that I was heading to Olavara. Then, one of them said that he was travelling to Guali village and he could drop me at my village. I told them that I can pay only Rs 200 as fare to which they agreed. I boarded the car accordingly,” informed Parida.

“As we reached near Mahanadi Bridge in Cuttack, they stopped the car and offered me something like buttermilk which was yellow in colour. Initially, I refused but when they insisted, I drank it,” the victim added.

After consuming the drink, which was actually spiked with sedative, Parida said he became unconscious. Following this, the miscreants allegedly gave him a thrashing before they took away Rs 75,000 and other belongings from him. They later threw the victim off the vehicle near Chhatia in Cuttack district.

Parida said when he gained consciousness, he went for help from a truck driver. However, the truck driver suspected him to be a thief and thrashed him.  He then somehow managed to make good his escape and reached his home at Olavara village on Wednesday.

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