Former India captain Prabodh Tirkey’s house in the capital city of Bhubaneswar was looted. The thieves reportedly took away many valuable items like Tirkey’s gold medal he had won in the 2001 Junior world cup. Prabodh lives in Unit VI, a secure area where senior government officers and political leaders reside.

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Tirkey first led the national team in 2007 and has performed well at the junior level for India. Along with winning the FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup in Australia in 2001, he was part of the bronze medal-winning squad in the 2010 Asian Games in China. He also won the silver medal in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. 

In this robbery, all these medals with some other awards were stolen. Similarly, the robbers also ran away with a 55-inch smart TV, gold ornaments including two chains, a ring and other jewellery worth around `1 lakh. When the former Indian captain was asked about the robbery, he stated that he is only concerned about getting back his medals over any other items. 

While talking with The New Indian Express, he said, “I am not concerned about the other stolen valuables. However, will I get my stolen gold and other medals back? The miscreants fled with the gold ornaments by breaking open an almirah in his residence. “My parents, my brother’s two daughters and I stay in the quarters. My wife stays in Ranchi and my brother is in Koraput. The miscreants broke the lock of my quarters and decamped with the articles late on January 20 night when nobody was present.” 

The incident took place on Friday but the caretaker of Prabodh’s quarters noticed the broken lock of the main gate on January 21. He later informed about the theft and a complaint in this connection has been lodged at the Capital police station. 

The police are reportedly facing difficulty with the case as they don’t have any CCTV footage of the nearby areas. “A case has been registered under sections 380 (theft in the house) and 457 (lurk/trespass house in the night) of the Indian Penal Code,” said an officer of Capital police station.

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