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Odisha: Sibling duo ‘Sukha-Dukha’ arrested on charges of extortion and land grab

9/08/2022 at 4:31 PM

Bhubaneswar, Aug 9: Two siblings were arrested by Commissionerate Police on Monday for allegedly threatening people with guns for extortion after grabbing their plots.

The arrested duo has been identified as Sudeb Martha alias Sukha and Dukhiram Martha alias Dukha of the Jharpada area in Bhubaneswar.

According to police, some people had purchased land in the Jharpada area in Odisha capital around 15 years ago.

They had just built temporary houses to prevent land- grab. A few months ago, Sukha and Dukha approached the landowners to sell the land to them at lesser prices than the market. But the land owners did not agree with the duo’s proposal, following which they broke their temporary houses and threw away the household articles.

The land owners had filed a complaint in this regard at Saheed Nagar Police Station but in vain.

Later, they met DCP Prateek Singh and apprised their problem to him. Following DCP’s direction, Saheed Nagar police registered a case and arrested the two brothers.

During interrogation, it was found that the siblings were used to grab unconstructed lands in Jharpada and Pandra area in the capital city and collect lakhs of extortion money by threatening land owners.

There were five cases pending against them at various police stations in Bhubaneswar and they have troubled 52 persons grabbing their land, police found during the investigation.

They have been arrested under section 447/341/294/427/506/387/379/34 of the IPC and Arms Act said police.

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