Vikash Sharma

Is the morale of burglars high or is there something wrong as far as policing is concerned in Bhubaneswar? Such questions have become valid after burglary incidents are increasingly being reported from different parts of the smart city.

Serial burglary incidents have now become a regular feature in Bhubaneswar, thereby creating fear in the minds of the residents of the Capital city. As per reports, as many as 34 flats in 14 apartments in Bhubaneswar have been burgled in the last six months.

Though Commissionerate Police had tried to allay fear after claiming to have busted a gang behind apartment thefts, there has been no check on burglary incidents which are still being reported every alternate day in Bhubaneswar.

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On Friday, thieves broke into an apartment in Raghunathpur area and allegedly looted gold ornaments worth around Rs 10 lakh. Similarly, in another incident reported from Pahala area on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, robbers also looted gold ornaments, cash and other valuables from the house of one Sarat Mohanty. The robbers entered the house in the wee hours today.

“I was awake till 2 am after watching cricket match and doing some work. The robbers had locked my room from outside and looted the valuables kept inside the cupboard in another room,” narrated Mohanty.

Mohanty also expressed concern that had it been an armed dacoity, his entire family would have been at risk. Earlier on April 9, a gang of burglars allegedly looted valuables worth lakhs of rupees from as many as four flats in a single apartment at the Metro Satellite City under Pahala police limits.

Not only in 2024, the miscreants had also targeted several flats and houses in Bhubaneswar in 2023. During October- November 2023, the miscreants had targeted 10 apartments in Bhubaneswar and looted ornaments and cash to the tune of crores in a span of 21 days.

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On October 14 last year, burglars broke into two flats of MJ Wood Apartment in Andharua area under Chandaka Police limits and decamped with ornaments worth over Rs 5 lakhs.

On October 16, burglars targeted four flats of Rajabatika Apartment near Infocity Police Station and fled with cash and ornaments worth crores.

On November 4, miscreants struck three flats of Shreekshetra Apartment and looted cash and gold items worth over Rs 50 lakhs.

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