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Odisha: First Visuals Of Robbers Involved In Cuttack Finance Co Loot Accessed #WATCH

Cuttack: A day after 4 unidentified miscreants looted cash and gold jewellery worth over Rs 10 crore from a private finance company in Naya Sarak area of Cuttack on Thursday, OTV accessed the CCTV footage of the daring dacoity on Friday.

The first visuals of the miscreants captured in a CCTV surveillance camera installed near the firm shows how the miscreants with masks covering their faces came on two motorcycles before storming the bank.

It took the foursome less than 10 minutes to decamp with gold ornaments and cash from the office of Loan & Investment Centre of India Infoland Ltd (IIFL), the private finance company.

In the footage, the four men wearing face-masks and helmets, can also be seen escaping on their motorcycles on the busy road. One of them was carrying a backpack in which the stolen booty is believed to have been kept.

On Thursday morning the miscreants had barged into the private finance company soon after it opened for routine business at around 10 am. They looted the cash and gold ornaments from the strong-room after threatening the staff at gunpoint and locking them up in a room.

Though the exact amount of cash and gold stolen from the firm is yet to be ascertained, Satyam Pradhan the manager of the branch on Friday said that an internal audit was underway.

“We are still counting the valuables as the miscreants could not take away all the gold from the company. The police have assessed the CCTV footage and we hope that the miscreants will be nabbed soon,” said Pradhan.

Pradhan said that the CCTV at the company was intact and was functioning properly. However, he admitted that the lone armed security guard was not deployed round the clock at the office.

“Our security guard’s father had died of COVID-19 and he was on leave. Though he was supposed to join duty yesterday, he joined duty today. The deployment of armed security guards is made by the company as per requirements,” said Pradhan.

The company officials suspect the involvement of some local miscreants in the loot as it is practically impossible for outsiders to plunder flee with the valuables within such short span of time.

The day-light robbery has also come as a major challenge for Commissionerate Police as the place where the incident took place is barely some meters away from the Dargha Bazar police station.

Questions are also being raised over the security measures taken by the Commissionerate Police on the entire stretch of road– from Choudhry Bazar to Naya Sarak– which is the prime commercial hub in the millennium city.

Senior officials of the Commissionerate Police, on the other hand, informed that already three special teams have been formed to nab the miscreants involved in the loot.

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