CUTTACK: At least two unidentified persons decamped with a bag containing around Rs 3 lakhs from a tax collector in front of the RTO here on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, Rakesh Mohanty, a motor tax collector had come to the RTO to deposit the amount when the duo snatched the bag containing the amount as soon as the former took out the bag from his motorcycle box. They escaped from the spot in a motorcycle even as Rakesh raised an alert.

The area sees heavy security arrangement as the High Court, office of the Board of revenue, RDC, district Collector and several lower courts and tribunals are located here.

“It is a cause of concern about the poor law and order situation in the city when the common man is not safe even in high security zone”, said city Congress chief Suresh Mohapatra. The police launched massive manhunt to nab the culprits, said Lalbag police inspector P K Jena.