Special Task Force to check extortion bids in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar: A special task force was formed by the police on Friday to prevent incidents of extortion in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The special anti-extortion task force, headed by Additional Commissioner of Police Rekha Lohani, will start functioning on October 19 ahead of the Durga Puja.
“Names of the people informing about extortion will be kept secret and they will also be awarded. We seek people’s cooperation, without which the initiative will not be successful,” said Commissioner of Police Sudhansu Sarangi. A database of known extortionists will be created for exemplary action and a helpline number will be issued for the public, he said. Review meetings will be held every 15 days at the police station level and DCP level. The police have recently arrested some people on charges of extortion.
Director General of Police Abhay also held a review meeting on the growing incidents of extortion. He directed action against organised extortion in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, an official statement said, adding that the police have been instructed to ensure a peaceful Durga Puja in the twin cities.
Steps to prevent bank heist
The Commissionerate Police has adopted strict measures to prevent bank heist and loots in ATM in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Sudhansu Sarangi said police held discussion with nearly 25 representatives of nationalised and private banks in the twin cities in this connection.
Sarangi advised them to update their security systems and be more alert in order to avoid theft in banks and ATMs. The CP said the banks have been asked to install CCTV cameras in their branches and ATMs and ensure that they are working properly.
Meanwhile, the Crime Branch STF of Odisha Police busted a racket dealing with illegal arms and arrested two persons from Chandaka area. Two pistols, five revolvers, a single-barrel gun and live bullets were seized from them following a raid in the area, said Crime Branch ADG Soumendra Priyadarshi. The accused were identified as Rakesh and Bikash, he said.