Soro, Mar 8: Tension prevailed in Ada Bazaar under Simulia block of Balasore district last night after local residents and traders nabbed at least two looters while snatching jewellery from a shop owner and thrashed them mercilessly.
The incident took place during the closing hours of business in the market while Dillip Kumar Sahu, the owner of Bharat Mata Jewellery shop was about to leave for home after closing his outlet.
At least two bike-borne miscreants approached him and tried to snatch away the jewellery bag. However, Dillip showed courage to keep on holding his bag and raise alarm. Later, fellow traders swung into action and nabbed the looter duo.
Angry mob thrashed the accused duo mercilessly on the spot and set their bike afire. However, one of the looters managed to flee from the spot during the mob attack.
Simulia Police rushed to the spot rescued one looter to arrest subsequently.
An investigation is underway to trace the absconding looter.