A senior technician of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was arrested on Sunday on charges of stealing equipment from the factory situated at Sunabeda in Odisha’s Koraput district, the police said.

HAL’s security personnel found Arun Kumar Pradhan stealing at least three grinding wheels used for sharpening titanium plates and hiding them inside his clothes on Wednesday, said Puspanjali Mingi, IIC Sunabeda police station.

"The HAL authorities had handed over Pradhan to us and during interrogation he had confessed to the crime. Subsequently he was arrested," the IIC said.

During interrogation Pradhan confessed to running a workshop at Semiliguda near Sunabeda and supplying polished titanium plates to a private company, Mingi said.

"While conducting raid at the workshop at Semiliguda we recovered two machines worth over Rs 30 lakh and as many as 196 titanium plates. Investigation is on and more details are awaited," the IIC said.