The Special Task Force (STF) of the Odisha Crime Branch on Sunday busted a major cargo theft racket in Gopalpur under Choudwar police limits in Cuttack district and arrested four persons in that connection.
The cargo theft was busted during a raid conducted by a team of STF in the sockyard of notorious cargo thief Ajay Pradhan alias Bhuan in Gopalpur today.
“On the basis of reliable information, a raid was conducted at Gopalpur, Chowdwar under Cuttack district by STF team against illegal Cargo theft racket in the sock yard of a veteran cargo theft criminal Bhuan @ Ajay Pradhan S/o. Kailaish Ch Pradhan of Gopalpur PS. Choudwar Dist . Cuttack today i.e. 03.10.2021,” the STF said in a release.
“During raid the team could be able to seize 37 tons stolen hard coke, 3 tons of Charge Chrome, two trucks, one JCB, two motorcycles and other incriminating articles,” it added.
The STF said four accused were apprehended in this connection. They could not produce any valid authority in support of transportation/storage of such stolen hard coke & Charge Chrome.
A case under Sections 379/411/413/120(B)/34 IPC has been registered in this connection at Choudwar Police Station and further investigation is underway.
“During this year so far STF has taken strong action against such organised racket of cargo theft in various districts of Odisha and has seized huge quantity of hard coke (299 tons), Charge Chrome (219 MT), Coal (150 tons), 26 number of heavy vehicles/ JCB/Hywa etc. In this connection 32 persons arrested/apprehended,” the STF said.