Odisha Crime Branch to Monitor Investigation into Theft Cases of Heavy Vehicles

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view over the rise in cases of loot and theft of heavy vehicles in the State, Odisha DGP Sanjeev Marik convened a meeting of top police officials including DIG, IG of six police ranges, SPs of 10 districts and also members from truck owners’ association.

Talking to press reporters after the meeting DGP Marik said, a special cell at the Crime Branch (CB) will be created to monitor investigations into cases of theft of heavy vehicles. He also added, the special cell will look into the whole affairs of investigation. Starting from registration of such cases to filing of charge sheets, the special cell will have a control. He stressed that patrolling of national highways will be intensified.

The ADG Crime Branch BK Sharma said local police lack sensitivity on the issue, the Crime Branch special cell will follow-up the cases and charges. According to sources, in 2013 as many as 95 trucks were looted of which police could manage to recover 31 heavy vehicles. And in 2014 a total number of 59 cases have been registered so far while police has managed to recover 13 trucks. Most of the cases pertaining to the theft of heavy vehicles have been registered in Jajpur, Dhenkanal and Cuttack districts, sources added.

Speaking to the reporters Rabi Satapathy, general secretary, State Truck Owners’ Association said rise in truck loots and killing of the drivers and helpers is on rise. The association proposed to intensify highway patrolling and setting up of a helpline number for truck drivers to report theft cases immediately. He added that truck owners faced hurdles in filing FIRs at the local police stations.

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