Jeypore: A gang of three looters who were hatching plan for a massive robbery managed to give a slip after a brief firing with police at Gopabandhu Nagar area in Jeypore town in Koraput district.
The three suspects have been identified as Rakesh Prasad, Shankar Sahu and Shiv Shankar Panigrahi.
According to sources, a police team led by Jeypore town police inspector-in-charge Baleshwar Gidhi raided a house in Gopabandhu Nagar area after getting reliable inputs about the presence of the gang.
During the raid, a gun battle took place after the gang opened fire on the police. However the clever thieves managed to escape the scene.
Meanwhile, police have launched a manhunt in the area to nab the absconding persons.