Mrunal Manmay Dash

Cracking the Dhenkanal, Mahabirod bank robbery case, Odisha Police arrested nine dacoits on Thursday and recovered six kilograms of stolen gold from them.

Apart from gold, the police also recovered cash of Rs 4.32 lakh, four pistols, 11 bullets, one SUV, six motorbikes and 26 mobile phones from them.

The accused have been identified as Sadam Khan (29), Niladri Pradhan (40), Ranjit Nahak (25), Jitendra Pradhan (26), Dinesh Naik (26), Rami Tudu (27), Balabhadra Naik (19), Basanta Bhoi (38), Jharana Bhoi (32).

Informing about the arrests, North-Central DIG of Police, Brijesh Ray said, “A team of officers led by Kamakhyanagar SDPO sprang into action under the direction of the SP Dhenkanal. The Special Squad was also roped in for the probe."

“All the teams have done a remarkable job in cracking the case. The accused belong to Dhenkanal, Angul and Mayurbhanj districts and have criminal antecedents. We are currently investigating the case,” Ray said.

The Gramya Bank at Mahabirod was robbed by armed miscreants on February 3 at around 2pm. As per the complaint lodged by the bank, the miscreants had decamped with 5kg gold and Rs 6.7 lakh cash.

(Reported By Rajashree Satapathy, OTV)