Kendrapara: Four associates of gangster Syed Usman Ali alias Tito were produced before the judicial magistrate first class court at Rajnagar on Wednesday evening in connection with their involvement in tender fixing and extortion.
They were later sent to Barimul jail in the district after the court rejected their bail petition.
The arrested persons were identified as Sheikh Abdullah alias Rajesh, Imtiyaz Khan and Jahangir Khan of Manglabagh in Cuttack and Golden Pappu alias Mohammad Abdullah Asif of Lalbagh police limits.
The four accused were arrested on the basis of the complaint of Premananda Lenka of Rajnagar in Kendrapara district. Lenka had lodged a complaint against the four accused at Crime Branch office in Bhubaneswar on July 11 about fixing of tender of projects worth Rs 7 crore under the water resources department.
Besides, the accused are facing many criminal cases at different police stations across the state. The arrested persons were associated with Tito’s criminal gang and involved in serious crimes like threatening, extortion, criminal intimidation, tender fixing, firing and bombing.
According to sources, the Crime Branch had formed ten special teams to nab those associated with dreaded criminal Tito. Acting on a tip-off, the teams conducted raids at different places in Cuttack and nabbed eight persons. After interrogation, four of the arrested persons were taken into custody while four others were released.
In a related development, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) on Wednesday recommended a CBI probe into the issuance of permission to gangster Tito alias Syed Usman Ali to set up petrol pumps.
The IOCL stated that guidelines were violated while allotting Sayed Brothers filling station in Kendrapara town and Adhoc dealership outlet at Paradip Port Trust in the name of the gangster and demanded a thorough inquiry.