Armed dacoits struck at a builder’s residence at Idgah Hills in the City and looted jewellery and cash worth over Rs 15 lakh early Wednesday. Armed with knives and daggers, the dacoits broke into Gopichand Moolchandani’s house around 3.30 am. After tying teenaged domestic help Anita sleeping in the drawing room, the gang woke up Moolchandani.
The dacoits fastened the builder’s hands and feet with strings and then took the keys of the safe from his wife. They collected jewellery and cash from the safe. They overpowered the builder’s son Sunil who woke up in the first floor room after hearing the noise.
Snapping the telephone line, the dacoits searched all the rooms and collected around Rs 33,000, a video camera, a still camera and five cellphones apart from gold jewellery. The dacoits spent nearly one-and-a-half hours in the house and left around 5 am.
This is the third dacoity in the State capital in a month’s time and the booty is probably the biggest in a dacoity in Bhopal in almost a decade. Dacoits had recently struck at a mining officer’s house in Ayodhya Nagar and a retired IAS officer’s house in Shahpura.
Like the previous heists, dacoits entered Moolchandani’s house after taking off the grill of the kitchen with the help of a screwdriver, police said.
As in the two recent dacoities, the gang addressed Gopichand and his wife as uncle and aunt. SP Anant Kumar Singh suspended a head constable and a constable who were on night-patrol duty in the area. The Station Officer has been asked for an explanation. The complainant told police that all five intruders were masked and spoke like urban educated youths. They left the sim cards of the cellphones they took away.
As soon as the police were informed, senior officers rushed to the spot. Moolchandani, a builder, owns Gunj Bahadur and Lily theatres. Shahjehanabad police launched operations with special teams to nab the dacoits. Search operations were on at Bus Stand and Railway Station. Police are yet to make a headway in finding a link among the recent dacoities.
They suspect the involvement of a denotified tribe as dacoits were carrying a particular weapon — ‘daulatiya’ — in all the three incidents.