CUTTACK: Intensifying its crackdown on crime in the Millennium City, the Commissionerate Police busted three gangs involved in dacoity, bike lifting and chain snatching here on Tuesday.
As many as 11 notorious criminals were arrested and weapons, stolen motorcycles and ornaments seized from them.
The dacoity gang, allegedly associated with Tito, was busted in Khan Nagar area late on Monday night. The arrested members are Sk Nadim of Kesharpur, Debendra Mallik and Antarjami Lenka of Jagatpur, Ajay Behera of Jobra and Abid Khan of Dargha Bazaar. They had allegedly assembled there to plan a dacoity on a Dolmundai-based jewellery store.
Two mausers and equal number of country- made guns were seized along with eight rounds of live bullets. Nadim is stated to be a close associate of Md Shakeel, who was arrested in the murder of Malgowdown-based trader Mohammad Farooq in November last year.
In a separate incident, police busted a motorcycle lifting racket and arrested three persons in this connection. Investigating a case of theft of motorcycle of one Chittaranjan Sahoo from Buxi Bazaar on February 12, police nabbed Sk Sanju of Patapol.
While recovering the stolen motorcycle from him, police got hold of his associates Sk Siraj of Sutahat, Sk Asif of Kesharpur and Aftar Khan of Salipur.
Seven more motorcycles were recovered, three of which have been identified as stolen from Cantonment road, Mangalabag and Jagatpur areas.
Similarly, acting on a chain snatching complaint of one Santoshi Pradhan of Satichoura, police nabbed two snatchers Ajay Behera and Santosh Mohapatra of Jobra and recovered the stolen gold chain from them.
They also led to recovery of two more chains weighing 17 gm and 10 gm that they had snatched in earlier incidents.