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Odisha STF widens probe into Tito’s crime network


The Special Task Force of the Odisha Crime Branch has widened its investigation into the crime network of history-sheeter Sayed Usman Ali alias Tito.

For more than a week now, the STF has been carrying out raids across the State and digging out evidence pertaining to his illegal financial transactions and crime records. Benami properties worth several crore of rupees have so far been tracked.

The STF on Thursday sealed five bank accounts in which ₹16.42 lakh was deposited.

A process has been initiated for freezing more than 50 accounts of Tito and his wife Benazir Bibi and other 18 relatives in 34 different banks.

“Benazir will be examined soon by a team of the STF in her house in Kendrapara. She has a number of petrol pumps, financial deposits and other trades in her name. An expensive car worth ₹90 lakh has also been found in her name,” said an STF member.

On June 30, Tito, who had stepped into the crime world over a dispute in a football match, was injured in police firing. Since then the agency has tightened its noose around the criminal.

The STF sources said Tito was involved in tender fixing, sand mining and extortion.

Himanshu Lal, DIG (STF), Satyajeet Nayak, SP (STF) and Niti Shekhar, Kendrapara SP, are leading different teams in the case.



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