Over a month after the loot of two kg of gold from a jeweller, Kamal Mundra, Sambalpur police have finally managed to nab the miscreants involved in the incident.
Mundra was attacked by the miscreants near Rajabakhri area and two kg of gold ornaments besides Rs 2 lakh in cash were looted from him on February 8.
Police on Tuesday arrested seven persons for their alleged involvement in the crime from different areas of the district and recovered 1.38 kg of gold ornaments besides Rs 1,71,395. Police also seized one motorcycle and four mobile phones from their possession.
The arrested include prime accused Rajesh Rana alias Hanuman (28) of Kumbharpada, Sani Kumbhar (24) of Millpada in Baraipali, Mannu alias Abhimanyu Mishra (23) of Khetrajpur. The others are Sani’s brother Nitesh Kumbhar (26), Nitesh’s friend Pramod Sahu (24) of Badmal under Charmal police limits in the district, another friend of Sani and a transgender Rakesh Nag (20) of Millpada and Abhimanyu’s brother Ankit Mishra (22). They had helped the three in hiding the stolen ornaments.
Sambalpur SP Nikhil Kanodia said the case was handed over to the Crime Control cell of district police. He said the miscreants had done a recce on the movement of Mundra.
On February 8, they attacked him with a baton while he was returning home on a motorcycle from Baidyanath Chhack and as soon as Mundra fell down, they fled with the bag that contained the ornaments and cash.