Phulbani: At least 12 unidentified miscreants barged into the Malkhana on the premises of Kandhamal court and made away with five bags of ganja weighing around 1 quintal in the wee hours today.
According to sources, the desperadoes entered the court premises at around 2 am on six motorcycles and started pulling down the Malkhana window.
Two on-duty watchmen immediately reached the spot and tried to stop them, but the miscreants threatened them with sharp weapons and later sped away with the contraband-filled bags, sources said.
On being informed, police reached the spot with sniffer dogs at 2.30 am and launched a probe. The stolen contraband is estimated to worth around Rs 7 lakh, the police said.
Reportedly, a special police team formed to nab the looters is conducting raids at different places in the area.