Staff Reporter

Some six cases have been reported in last three days, thanks to ‘slowing down’ of patrol

BHUBANESWAR: Robbers and chain-snatchers seem to be having a field day, thanks to slowing down of police patrolling. With the roads turning deserted owing to chilly weather conditions, their job seems to be quite easy.

At least six theft cases have been reported in the city since Thursday evening.

Rajani Kant Das, an officer of the Orissa Administrative Service, had a frightening experience when he got down from a government bus at Bardmunda bus stand here on Friday morning. Within seconds, his bag in which he claimed to be carrying over Rs. 1 lakh was snatched.

Miscreants smashed the cash box of Dawat, a famous restaurant located at Sahid Nagar on the main Janpath road, and decamped with over Rs. 1 lakh. The incident, which took place on Friday night, came to light when the restaurant was opened the next morning.

Armed burglars entered the house of Manoranjan Sahoo, who runs a computer institute near Sikharchandi area under Chandrasekharpur police station, on Thursday night and walked away with Rs. 20,000 cash and gold jewellery worth over Rs. 1.5 lakhs.

The family members offered little resistance as the miscreants were armed.

Miscreants did not even spare the house of BJD MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra. They broke the main lock of a private office rented by Mr. Mohapatra in his Sahid Nagar residence. Inspector in-charge of the Sahid Nagar police station J.K. Das said thieves left the place as soon as they heard the siren of the patrolling jeep in the area.

In a futile attempt, burglars broke into Rajdhani Tyres, an established business centre, on Cuttack Road.

Police under stress

As many as 12 PCR vans patrol during daytime while respective police stations have been entrusted to keep an eye on unusual movements during night time. However, with ever-increasing population and frequent people’s demonstrations in Bhubaneswar, the police were under stress.