Six highway robbers arrested

Kendrapara: Six highway robbers were today arrested from near Derabish on Paradip-Daitary Expressway, about 25 km from here, when the gang was chalking out a plan to target and rob crews of cargo-laden lorries. The arrested miscreants were identified as Sheikh Qurban, Anjan Mallick, Dinabandhu Rout, Gopal Jena, Sasanka Sekhar Samal and Ashok Mallick.

All of them belong to Kendrapara town and adjoining suburb areas, police said. The criminals, all in the age group of 20 to 22 years, were waylaying loaded trucks on the highway and robbing its crews either at gun point, the police said. Three sharp-edge weapons were seized from the gang members who were later remanded to jail, the police added.