Masked robbers loot retired judge’s house

Cuttack: In an audacious crime, a gang of robbers looted jewellery, cash and a car from retired High Court judge P.K. Mohanty’s residence in CDA area of Cuttack last night.

According to reports, six to seven masked men entered the house, located in posh Sector-11 of the area and tied all family members in a rope before committing the crime.

Justice Mohanty said, “They were talking in Odia, Bengali and Tamil and asked to give them the keys of the car and other valuables as soon as possible.”

He added the robbers clearly said to the members of the house that they were here only to loot and not to harm anyone.

While Mohanty’s younger son stays at Bangalore, his elder son Haripada, an advocate, had gone to Berhampur on Friday. Incidentally, Mohanty’s domestic help, a native of Berhampur, was also not at work for last four days.

The police have detained the domestic help and quizzing him, said the city DCP Sanjib Arora refusing to divulge the details now.

“We have formed four teams to investigate the case and are hopeful to detect it soon,” Arora said.

Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik and City Police Commissioner R P Sharma visited the spot and admitted that the incident has ashamed the police and is a challenging one.

Marik told mediaperosns that this loot seems to be an act of professional dacoits. He asked the officials to review the safety and security measures in the area.