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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Kolkata, December 15, 2012
Our braveheart soldiers are not the only ones for whom the call of duty comes before everything else — even on a marriage night.

In the wee hours of Friday, dacoits broke into a North 24-Parganas home near Madhyamgram and decamped with Rs. 20,000 in cash and some gold. Among the dacoits were a couple who got married a few hours before. While the others in the group managed to get away, the girl, a 17-yearold, was caught, a box of sindur (vermillion) still in her possession.

“The girl could not escape by scaling the high walls around my home. We recovered a box of sindur from her,” Aurobinda Das, whose house was burgled, told HT.

“Brandishing weapons, a gang of six entered my house around 2:30am and looted cash and gold ornaments. After the criminals escaped, we found the girl sitting quietly inside a temple located in my complex. She could not scale the wall and was left behind,” said Das, who runs a business near Madhyamgram station.

Locals said the girl got married to a known burgler of the area in the same temple where the newly-wed girl had taken refuge. “I was afraid that the dacoits would harm my daughters. The commotion in the dead of night woke up my neighbours forcing the burglars to make a hasty retreat,” Das said.

Das, a heart patient, lives in his two-storey house along with his wife, son and two daughters. The ancestral farmhouse with a temple and pond inside the premises seemed far too tempting for the burglars who were of the same locality.

“We did not arrest the girl. We have detained her for further interrogation,” said a police officer of Barasat police station, adding, “The girl claims to have run away from home and married the burglar. It seems she was aware of his activities.”