Police grope in dark about loots

Police are still clueless about two loot incidents that took place on Wednesday. Unidentified miscreants had looted Rs 6 lakh at two different places here. Police have mounted a manhunt but the miscreants are still at large.

Miscreants had looted retired government servant Seshadev Panda of Rs 1 lakh. He was returning home, withdrawing the money from SBI main branch at Peerbaba Chowk when the miscreants struck at 12 noon.

Soon after the incident, two motorcycle-borne miscreants looted Rs 5 lakh from two employees of transport company Prasad Transport when they were going back to the company office on a motorcycle after withdrawing the money from ICICI bank here. The miscreants looted the money at Malipara between Khetrajpur railway station and Sambalpur Road railway station at gunpoint around 1 pm.

“We suspect involvement of same miscreants in both the incidents,” said SDPO (Sambalpur) P K Mohapatra.

“We have registered two cases and detained a person for his involvement in the second incident. However, we are yet to recover the booty,” Mohapatra said.

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