17 members of inter-state gang arrested by Commissionerate Police

Cuttack: At least 17 people, including nine inter-state gang members who are allegedly involved in several looting incidents in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have been arrested.

The dacoits were involved in the July 18 felony in the house of cinema hall owner here and three other cases at Khandagiri and Dhauli areas of Bhubaneswar.

Speaking to newsmen here today the twin city police commissioner R P Sharma said eight of the arrested gang members belong to Uttar Pradesh while one hails from Madhya Pradesh.

Besides, the police have also arrested four receivers of stolen properties and four local auto drivers in this connection, he said.

Police have seized from them at least 360 gms of gold and silver ornaments weighing four kg. Besides, Rs 1.78 lakh cash and two vehicles were seized from their possession, Sharma said.

At least seven people had entered the house of the cinema hall owner on the night of July 18 and decamped with gold, silver ornaments and cash worth over Rs four lakh.