Aditya Care Hospital loot: Four arrested

Bhubaneswar: In a major breakthrough, commissionerate police on Sunday arrested four dacoits in connection with Aditya Care Hospital loot that took place in February last year.

The arrested have been identified as Sanjay Nayak (25) Sanatulasipur under Bhanjanagar police station limits in Ganjam district, Pintu Digal (24) from Tikabali area of Kandhamal district and Gagan Kumar Nayak, office assistant of Aditya Care Hospital.

Police seized cash worth Rs 1.4 lakh, a country-made pistol and two bikes from their possession.

Briefing newsmen in the state capital, police commissioner RP Sharma said the gang, mostly involved in robbery and snatching, was active in Bhubaneswar since one-and-half year. The members of this gang use firearms while committing crimes.

“Apart from this case, the gang was also involved in three crimes in the capital city this year”, he added.

Giving details of the incident of the crime, Sharma said Jayadev Kumar Das, cashier of Aditya Care Hospital, accompanied by the driver, an unarmed security guard and three other staff of the hospital were on their way to the Andhra Bank near Damana Square in the city on February 3, 2014 in a hospital vehicle to deposit cash worth Rs 17 lakh and cheque amounting to Rs 1 lakh.

As soon as the vehicle stopped in front the bank, five youths rushed towards them in two bikes and looted cash and cheque from the bank staff by opening one round of blank fire. Before leaving the place, the youths also opened a blank fire to terrorise the hospital staff and the passers-by. The incident had occurred at about 11 AM.

Sharma said during interrogation, Sanjay, one of the masterminds of the gang, said he had come in contact with Gagan, who stays in a labour colony behind the BDA colony area. In course of interaction, Sanjay told him that he needs money for his gang leader who is presently lodged in a jail. At this, Gagan informed him about the cash transaction of the Hospital authorities. Acting on the information, the gang had planned the crime.

The police commissioner said after the loot of the cash, the gang members had shared among themselves while giving Rs 55,000 to Gagan.