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Bhubaneswar: Even as the commissionerate police is yet to crack the high profile murder case of Bachhansuddha Pattnaik (55), who was killed in broad daylight by unidentified miscreants in the Rasulgarh area yesterday, the investigating officials have stumbled upon the fact that the prime suspect, a security guard was working with an unregistered private security agency. 
 
The involvement of Diptiranjan Pattnaik in the case was suspected since some belongings of Pattnaik along with few 'incriminating objects' were also seized from the crime spot and he remained incommunicado after the incident, police said.
 
“We are shocked to see that the suspect is working with a private security agency which has been functioning in the state capital since past eight years without being registered,” said an official wishing anonymity.
 
Sources said, Pattnaik was employed in Rajendra Securities in Bhubaneswar which was providing services to top class clients. Though exact figure of the company’s employees is not known, police suspect the money-making business was being run with not less than a hundred staff.
 
The security firm’s case is just a tip of the larger iceberg as many such firms might have been functioning in the city as well as other parts of the State minus a valid license. Normally, a license is issued by the State home department after obtaining a police report from the respective district. 
 
“Due to loopholes in the system, many prefer not to follow the official procedure and start the business for hefty gain,” said a government official.
 
However after such a matter came to light, the commissionerate police is reportedly gearing up to launch a crack down on all the private security firms to check whether they are running with a valid license.
 
DCP Nitinjeet Singh said, “After a detail verification of security agencies only we issue licences. Currently, our concern is to stop the unlicenced security agencies from doing business and we request people to hire security persons from licenced agencies.”
 
Meanwhile, four persons including the owner of the agency Purna Chandra Muduli have been detained by the police for interrogation.
 
“Investigation is in advance stage and we can't reveal the names right now, but very soon we'll be able to catch the culprit. From the scene of the crime it appears to be murder for gain,” Singh told reporters.