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Odishatv Bureau

Kendrapara: Tightening the noose around gangster Sayed Usman Ali alias Tito, the Crime Branch of Odisha Police wrote to banks today to freeze the accounts belonging to the gangster and his family members.

The sleuths continued their raids at several places associated with Tito for second day today. According to sources, the CB officials have sealed a petrol pump, a real estate office and a garment showroom owned by the gangster.

Sources said it is suspected that Tito's business operations are spread in Kolkata, Andhra Pradesh and Goa and are linked with some criminal activities.

Several incriminating documents including Kashmir-related books were seized during the raids following which the CB has launched a probe into the gangster's links with Kashmir, informed sources.

As the five-day remand period of the gangster will be ending tomorrow, the Crime Branch is considering taking him on remand again for further interrogation, sources claimed.

Crime Branch special task Force (STF) DIG, Himanshu Lal said "Today also raids are on at different places. I can't comment much at this stage as investigation is on."

On Friday, the Crime Branch conducted a massive raid on Tito's residence ‘Kobra Manzil’ at Dilawarpur under Town police limits in Kendrapara district as well as at the houses of his associates.

Apart from this, the sleuths have detained a key associate of the gangster from Sanamangala area in Kendrapara town.

The associate has been identified as Khirod Kar. As per reports, the Crime Branch took Kar into its custody from his house late last night.

The sleuths had earlier detained three other associates of Tito from Paradip.

Tito who is involved in several crimes was arrested following an encounter by the STF near Chandikhole in Jajpur on June 30.

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