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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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