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Driver robs woman, arrested

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 1: Mancheswar police today arrested an autorickshaw driver for allegedly robbing a woman passenger last night and throwing her off the moving vehicle at Rasulgarh Square.

The 25-year-old woman, who hails from Bihar and stays at Unit-VI, has been admitted to a private hospital. The police rushed her to the hospital around 10.30pm.

“The driver, Subash Chandra Mallick, 35, was nabbed from Mancheswar after our teams carried out intense search at various places in the city. We booked the accused under Section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) of the Indian Penal Code,” said inspector in charge of Mancheswar police station Bharat Sahu.

Mallick was sent to Jharapada special jail after a local court rejected his bail plea.

The police said the woman boarded the auto from Dumduma and was coming to Kalpana Square. But, the driver, instead of taking her to Kalpana, drove her to Rasulgarh. On the way, he took away cash worth Rs 5,000 from the woman and her mobile phone.

“Mallick pushed her from the vehicle at Rasulgarh Square and fled from the spot,” said the inspector. The cops today seized the auto.

A police officer said that though the auto driver admitted that the woman had boarded his vehicle last night, he gave a different statement from that of the complainant. He said the complainant was coming from Rajmahal Square to Rasulgarh. He later admitted that he had taken her money and mobile phone.

The police could not recover the mobile phone from the accused nor did they seize the money.

The police have been conducting raids on autos following molestation of a teenaged girl in a moving three-wheeler by two passengers. She was thrown off the vehicle at Delta Square on December 24 night last year. Another such incident also happened on the New Year’s eve when the police were alert to curb any untoward incidents during the zero hour celebration.