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Devbrat Patnaik

Cuttack: A day after notorious criminal Ajay Sahu alias Jitu, one of the accused in recent Gurudijhatia loot and murder case, was nabbed during an encounter by Choudwar Police and Special Squad, police today arrested four more persons including Ajay's girlfriend and mother in connection with the incident.

On September 24, a gang of robbers looted cash and gold ornaments from one Lala Lalit Singh after opening fire at him near Nuapatna rice mill when he was en route to Dhenkanal from Puri along with his family. Singh succumbed to the headshot injury while undergoing treatment at SCB Hospital in Cuttack.

Of the four accused in the loot and murder incident, Ajay was arrested on Sunday near Tangi-Kapilas road, while another associate Muna Dehury was nabbed after police encounter in Choudwar area today.

Hours later, the investigation took a new twist after Ajay during interrogation revealed that his mother, sister and his girlfriend helped him execute his loot plans. He said that these three used to help him sell the items looted by him.

Based on the disclosure, a team of Commissionerate Police immediately arrested the trio. "During the course of investigation, it was found that Jitu's mother, sister and girlfriend were actively involved in the crimes. They used to guide him, give him shelter apart from selling the looted items. We have seized stolen Mangalsutras, gold chains and rings from their possession," said Cuttack DCP Akhilesvar Singh.

It is pertinent to mention here that both Ajay and Muna are involved in robberies, dacoity, firing incidents with as many as 16-17 cases registered against each of them at several police stations.

Meanwhile, police is investigating to trace the other two absconding criminals.

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