A youth, accused of assaulting a woman, escaped from police custody just outside Bhubaneswar Court here on Sunday evening.
Pradipta Samantray, a resident of Laxmi Sagar area, was escorted by two policemen in an autorickshaw. Minutes before he was to be produced before a court, he gave the cops a slip.
After getting down from the autorickshaw, the two cops were busy paying the driver when Pradipta Samantray took advantage of the opportunity and started running.
Since the area is crowded with a steady vehicular flow, the cops were caught unprepared and Samantray managed to flee.
Student Robbed in Running Bus
In a shocking incident, a group of youths robbed a student from inside a running bus in the City on Sunday morning leaving the passengers terrified.
The six boarded the bus at Rasulgarh Square and got down at Jayadev Vihar Square but before that, they abused the passengers and robbed ` 10,000 from one Sudipta Behera, a Social Work student. Behera has lodged a complaint at Nayapalli police station. No one has been arrested so far.
Behera was on his way from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar. He was carrying the cash for his re-admission fees and had a laptop with him. The six, according to him, got into the bus at Rasulgarh Square and did not allow anyone inside after that. Three of them stood guard at the gate while others abused the passengers. During that period, they found Behera carrying the cash which they snatched and got down at Jayadev Vihar. Why they targeted the student was not known. Nayapalli Police said it was case of pickpocketing.
Harassed for ‘Chanda’
A pair of young lovers had to face humiliation at the hands of some local youths at Jayadev Vatika when they refused to pay ‘chanda’. The girl was allegedly manhandled by the youths when her boyfriend did not pay heed to the demands for the ‘chanda’. Later, the girl lodged a complaint at Khandagiri police station.
Stolen Gadgets Recovered
Lingaraj Police arrested a youth and recovered electronic gadgets worth ` 5 lakh which were apparently stolen from Seashore Group’s head office in Patia from his possession.
Two 85 cm LCD television sets, five 36 cm TV sets and as many computer monitors along with sound systems were recovered from Biswaranjan Sahu of Mulapadia. He had received all these gadgets from one Pradip Sahu. Biswaranjan has been produced before a local court.