Robbery bid foiled as locals overpower 3 gang members

Dhenkanal: The locals foiled a dacoity bid, overpowered three gang members and handed them over to the police in the town on Wednesday afternoon.

However, a local was seriously injured after being shot at by the robbers.

The incident took place at about 1.30 PM.

Reports said four persons arrived at the local State Bank of India SBI) branch on two bikes. They tried to loot a bike parked in front of the bank which was resisted by Saroj Pradhan, a native of Rameswarpur. One of the dacoits fired at him and fled the place on a bike.

Hearing the gunshot, locals rushed to the area. Seeing them, the miscreants began running away from the area leaving their bike behind. However, the locals chased them and managed to overpower one of them and severely thrashed him. The miscreant, who was seriously injured in the attack, was rushed to the district headquarters hospital. Police later nabbed the two other gang members.

“Noticing suspicious movements of these criminals, some plain-clothed policemen deployed near the bank asked them about their details. Sensing trouble, the four miscreants ran away from the place while one of them fired at a youth as he tried to catch hold of one of the members. However, police, with the help of the locals, caught three miscreants. We have admitted one of them to the district headquarters hospital after he was severely thrashed by the locals. Interrogation of the two others is underway to get the details of their modus operandi,” Anil Kumar Dash, ASP, told media persons later.

He said the police has seized a bhujali and a country-made pistol from a gang member.

The ASP also informed that the police, during its preliminary investigation, has come to know that two of the four gang members hail from Kandarpur area in Cuttack district.

“We are in touch with the Kandarpur police for further details,” Dash said, adding that the miscreants had arrived in the town to commit robbery.

Police later shifted Saroj Pradhan, who sustained bullet injuries on his waist, to the SCB Medical College and Hospital after his condition became critical.