Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Cuttack: In a daring act, some locals overpowered a miscreant while the latter was trying to flee after snatching a gold chain from a woman near Gopalpur area here in the town on Saturday. However, another miscreant managed to escape after firing blank shots.

According to reports, two miscreants came on a black-coloured Pulsar bike, snatched the chain from the woman and tried to flee the spot. On hearing the woman’s scream, locals rushed to save her and managed to capture one of the miscreants.

After receiving the information, Cuttack Sadar Police reached the spot and detained the miscreant and seized the bike.

In another loot incident in Bhubaneswar on November 20, two bike-borne assailants had snatched a gold chain worth Rs 70,000 from a woman in Laxmisagar area.

Similarly on November 12, two-bike borne miscreants had allegedly snatched a gold chain from a woman’s neck while she was riding pillion on a bike with her husband in Kharavela Nagar area. A few days ago, an elderly woman plucking flowers from outside the house of her neighbour, was gagged and robbed of her gold ear-rings by unidentified bike-borne miscreants in Sailashree Vihar area.

In another incident, a 75-year-old medicine shop owner had been brutally assaulted and looted of gold ornaments on the outskirts of the city. The robbers had stormed a medicine shop located in Balianta area and executed the crime in broad daylight.

On October 29, miscreants had looted cash and gold ornaments worth around Rs 7 lakh from the residence of a professor at the Odisha University of Agriculture Technology (OUAT).

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)