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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Contrary to the claims of Odisha DGP Abhay during the senior police officers' conference on Sunday that the overall crime situation is under control, two incidents from Ganjam and Balasore district have questioned the policing approaches being initiated to curb rising loot incidents in the State.

Over Rs 9 lakh was robbed at gunpoint by miscreants, in two separate incidents in Ganjam and Balasore districts on Monday.

In the first incident, armed miscreants looted Rs 6 lakh from three employees of a resort while they were on way to deposit the cash in bank in Ganjam district.

The incident occurred near Mukteswar temple under Khallikote Police limits. As per reports, the employees of the hotel were carrying the cash to deposit it in the bank when three bike-borne miscreants intercepted their car and looted the money at gunpoint.

The incident has come as a major challenge for the police as it is the second major loot incident in the past 24 hours in the district, sources said.

In another incident, a biker was shot at by armed dacoits near Khannagar under Balasore Sadar police limits today and robbed of Rs 3.2 lakh.

Preliminary reports indicate that the person was on way to deposit cash in the bank when three miscreants opened fire at him before fleeing with the cash. The biker, whose identity is yet to be established, has sustained a bullet injury on the leg and admitted to hospital.

(Edited By Devbrat Patnaik)

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