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Cops goof up, builder flees

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 7: A Bhubaneswar-based builder arrested by Jharkhand police for allegedly cheating a businessman in Giridih managed to escape while he was being taken to a local court.

The builder, Sanjay Kumar Sethi (32), escaped on the pretext of attending nature’s call.

A two-member team of Giridih police had arrested Sethi from the city yesterday with the help of Lingaraj police. After completing all paper work, the Jharkhand police took the accused to be produced in a local court.

On way, Sethi requested the accompanying policemen to stop the vehicle as he wanted to go to the toilet. As soon as the police stopped the vehicle on Ratha Road, Sethi escaped in an autorickshaw which he caught after running for about 100 meters.

“I saw two persons in police uniform chasing a man who finally managed to get into an autorickshaw,” said Sourav Sahu, an eyewitness.

“We have registered a case following a complaint from Jharkhand police,” said Bidyut Panda, inspector in charge of Lingaraj police station.

A case was registered against the builder on December 24 last year under sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of IPC.

“The accused had bought a few motorcycles from a showroom in Jharkhand and was supposed to pay Rs 3 lakh. He had paid Rs 2 lakh in cash and gave a cheque for the remaining amount. But, the cheque worth Rs 1 lakh bounced after which a case was registered against him,” said a police official.

In a similar incident in August last year, a youth, accused of assaulting a woman, escaped from police custody outside the Bhubaneswar Court. Pradipta Samantray, a resident of Laxmi Sagar area, had managed to give the slip to two policemen escorting him in an autorickshaw.


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