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Odisha ATM robbers held in Vizag

The duo are part of an inter-state gang, and were allegedly involved in looting Rs 25 lakh from a PNB ATM in Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar police commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi said on Friday, “The duo identified as Samarjyot Singh from Punjab and Zafar Sadiq from Kerala reached here from Calcutta on October 5. They stayed in a hotel and did a recce of the bank. They looted the ATM by using the gas cutter. But we have managed to crack the case with the help of CCTV footage.”

Subhashish Mohanty   |   Bhubaneswar   |   Published 07.11.20, 03:15 AM

Two members of an inter-state gang, who were involved in looting Rs 25 lakh from Punjab National Bank’s ATM kiosk here on October 10, have been arrested by police in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam.

Bhubaneswar police commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi said on Friday, “The duo identified as Samarjyot Singh from Punjab and Zafar Sadiq from Kerala reached here from Calcutta on October 5. They stayed in a hotel and did a recce of the bank. They looted the ATM by using the gas cutter. But we have managed to crack the case with the help of CCTV footage.”

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“The accused used to fly in from Bangalore to execute such crimes. After looting the ATM, they left for Delhi the next morning after returning the motorcycle. The duo then travelled to Chandigarh and Bangalore. We were constantly tracking their movements. A special team was formed to crack the case,” Sarangi said.

“When the accused reached Visakhapatnam and planned to execute another crime, we informed our counterparts there. We will soon bring them on remand to Odisha and interrogate them to know about their modus operandi and other details,” he added.



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