Engineering students arrested for possessing illegal guns

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar-Cuttack
Commissionerate Police late on Thursday night arrested five youths, mostly
engineering students, aged between19 and 21 years and recovered three pistols
and live cartridges and bikes from their possession near the Kalinga Vihar
electric substation under the Tamando police station. 

“Following the loot of
Rs 11 lakh from the accountant of a private hospital at Khandagiri on Thursday
our personnel resorted to road blockades and checking across the city to nab
the culprits. During the blocking near the electric substation, the Quick
Action Team (QAT) and the Tamando police spotted five persons in two black
Pulsars coming from the Khordha side. While checking them, three pistols and
live cartridges were recovered from their possession,” Commissioner of Police
(CP) Dr RP Sharma told reporters here. 
The arrested youths
were identified as Jyotiranjan Behera alias Anil (21) a resident of Khordha
town, Saswat Dhal alias Somu (19) of Unit-1 area and Kumar Debanand alias Debu
(19) of Airfield area and Papun alias Asutosh Behera (19) of Airfield area, all
Third Year BTech students of various city-based engineering colleges, and
Manojit Maharana alias Manoj (18), a resident of Airfield area and a Plus III
Final Year student of Ekamra College. They were forwarded to the court.
While four cases are
pending against Manojit in the Capital Police station, one case is pending
against Saswat at the Airfield Police station.
“All of them procured
illegal firearms to commit crimes in the city. It has become a matter of
concern that students are now involved in crimes in the city,” said the CP.
The CP further said
preliminary investigations revealed that the recovered firearms were procured
from Munger district in Bihar and the accused bought the weapons through
middlemen for Rs 40,000 each.
“For last couple
months, we are on a spree to root out the flow of illegal guns in the twin
cities. We found that illegal firearms have been bought by middlemen from
Munger for just Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 each and when the weapons reach here the
prices go up to Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000,” informed the top police officer.

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