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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: He would paint a house during the day and sweep it clean at night.

However, Dillip Kumar Nayak’s long run from law was cut short when the commissionerate police on Tuesday lay their hands on the serial house-breaker who would camouflage as a painter to white wash his real trait and trail.

His arrest, nevertheless has come as a major success for the police in the Capital City where he had single-handedly plundered as many as 40 households without raising a stink in the last three years.

As per reports, ‘most wanted’ Nayak used to work as a building painter and engaged at various households in Bhubaneswar.

Officials at the Laxmisagar police station who busted Nayak, said he would diligently do his paint-brush work during the day while drawing a blueprint in his mind to strike after night fall. On occasions he would sexually assault lonely women before robbing a house, police said.

Nayak’s arrest was a chance operation by the Laxmisagar police which picked him up for questioning on suspicion after he was found loitering around on Monday night. He broke down after sustained questioning and confessed to his involvement in around 40 offences in the past three years. Those cases, mostly housebreaking,  have been registered at different police stations in the city.

The police have recovered several two wheelers, a car, cash and gold ornaments weighing around 120 grams from his possession so far.

Significantly, Nayak had a rape case registered against him last year. Officials said that he has two wives who he has kept at separate places. Moreover, he would splurge liberally on other women too, police said.

A senior official at the Laxmisagar Police station said, “Nayak has multiple cases against him in at least three police stations. We will question him further after obtaining his custodial remand.”

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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