Bhubaneswar, May 20: The arrest of three persons in the last two days in connection with cases of streetlight theft have brought some relief for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, which was panic-stricken for a number of such thefts in the last two months.
An officer of Capital police station said they arrested two youths from Malisahi slum at Unit-III on Saturday night and seized a stabiliser of a high mast light from them.
“The cost of the stabiliser will be around Rs 1 lakh,” said the officer.
The police had also arrested another person on Friday night in connection with streetlight theft and had seized three lights from his possession.
Assistant electrical engineer of the corporation Ajit Kumar Behera had lodged a complaint with the police after he found a stabiliser was missing from a high mast light post at Raj Bhavan Square.
Earlier, he had also lodged another complaint about the disappearance of the ornamental lights fixed on light posts along the Rajpath from Raj Bhavan to AG Square.
“The sudden disappearance of these costly streetlights and other appliances made us worry a lot. We initially could not understand who was behind this mischief. But as the thefts continued, we had to lodge complaints with police,” said Behera.
Each of these lights cost around Rs 10,000. “Our patrolling teams kept vigil on those suspiciously moving in these areas during night. On Friday, our team arrested Subash Kumar Mohanty of Unit-V while he was trying to steal a light,” said a police officer.
The two others, who were arrested last night for stealing stabilisers from high mast lights, have been identified as Shek Yasin, 28, and Shek Saddam, 18.