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Bomb attack on agent, driver

Bhubaneswar, June 4: Two persons, including a collection agent of a businessman, were injured when an unidentified criminal hurled bombs on the car they were travelling in near Badatata on the Jatni-Khurda bypass road this afternoon.

The victims were on their way to the city after collecting money when the incident happened. Police said collection agent Dhiren Mohapatra, 37, and driver Binod Behera suffered injuries in the attack. Both of them are employees of Ashok Kumar Agarwal, a wholesaler of pulses.

“While we were travelling in the car, an unidentified person hurled a bomb at us. I asked the driver to speed away, but the criminal hurled another bomb, which hit the vehicle. Both the front and rear glasses of the car got damaged,” said Behera.

Both of them were rushed to a hospital. The police suspected business rivalry to be behind the attack as the same car of the businessman had been targeted two years ago. Some unidentified persons had opened fire at the car and snatched away cash worth of more than Rs 1 lakh. “We have registered a case and started investigation,” said inspector in charge of Jatani police station Ranjit Kumar Prusty.

In another incident, some criminals allegedly looted cash worth Rs 25,000 from a licensed country liquor shop at Pandara Square at gunpoint last night. The goons also set the shop on fire after assaulting two employees.

The incident took place around 2.30am last night, when owner Ramakanta Pradhan was not at his shop. Two of his employees, named Sagar and Jitan, were sleeping inside the shop. “When my employees refused to open the door they broke the door and assaulted both of them. They took away Rs 25,000 in cash from the shop at gunpoint and set the shop on fire,” said Agarwal. He said property worth Rs 2 lakh was gutted in the fire.

Sex racket

Police busted another sex racket in Laxmisagar and arrested six persons, including a 74-year-old man who owns a two-storey house at Lane-9 in Chintamaniswar area this evening. This is the third racket busted in the area in a week’s time by the police.

Acting on a tip off, the raid was conducted jointly by the quick reaction team and Laxmisagar police. The police also rescued six women aged around 20 to 23 who were forced into the sex trade. All of them belonged to Bengal.