The victims have been identified as Ashamani Nayak and Malati Jena of Basudevpur. Ashamani and Malati are the president and secretary of Jai Guru Self Helf Group (SHG).
As per reports, Ashamani and Malati withdrew Rs 3 lakh from their SHG account at the SBI in Basudevpur today. After withdrawing the money from the bank, they decided to return home.
While returning home, they took rest near a cloth store at Eram trekker stand due to scorching heat. At that time, two bike-borne miscreants snatched the cash containing bag from the elderly women and fled from the spot.
Hearing their scream, some locals tried to catch the accused persons but didn’t succeed.
Later, the elderly women lodged a complaint at Basudevpur police station in this regard.
An investigation has been initiated and efforts are on to nab the culprits, said a police officer.