Six held for looting iron rod-laden truck in Sambalpur


Sambalpur: Rengali Police on Monday arrested six persons in connection with looting an iron rod-laden truck near Salepada Chowk on September 12.

The accused persons have been identified as Ashok Kumar Nayak alias Kuna (32), Manil Kumar Singh (52), Karan Singh (21), Manjeet Singh (33), Md. Irsad Alam alias Chhotu (40), and Mukesh Sharma (32), all residents of Lamtibahal in Brajaraj Nagar. Accused Sanjay of Jharsuguda is on the run.

According to the complaint made in this regards, the four of the arrested accused persons waylaid the complainant, Ramanarayan Giri of Singh Basti in Rourkela’s Vedvyas, while he was transporting the consignment in a truck at Salepada Chowk at around 10.30pm on September 13.

The miscreants dragged Giri out of the vehicle, looted him of Rs 3000 cash, snatched away his mobile phone and later drove away the truck towards Sundergarh.

The looters also seated the complainant on one of their bike, with his eyes covered, and took him to a secluded place near Bisdihi forest under Telkoi police limits. At around 3am, they released Giri near the boundary wall of Aditya Birla Company and sped away, the complaint stated.

On the basis of the complaint, Rengali IIC RK Samal registered a case and launched a probe. During investigation, police traced the involvement of the accused persons in looting the truck and disposing the iron rods.

However, one of them Ashok, landed in the police net after the stolen mobile phone number of the complainant popped up during tracking. Later, police apprehend him and four other while seizing all the stolen items including the truck.

According to police, Ashok, Manil, Manjit and Karan and another accused Sanjay, who is absconding after the incident, had looted the vehicle and its driver, while accused Irshad and Mukesh, both hailing from Sundergarh, disposed off the iron rod at a cost of Rs. 2, 25,000 as well as the looted truck.

Police has seized the truck bearing registration number (UP-67-4329), Rs. 90,000, in cash, two motorcycles, the complainant’s mobile phone, and iron rod weighing 12,200 MT, from the accused person’s possession.


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