ARMED DACOITS struck at the house of a chartered accountant in Vidya Nagar near Bagh Sewania and looted cash and jewellery worth over Rs 2 lakh on Tuesday night. This is the seventh dacoity in the State Capital in over three months.
The gang struck at Ajay Khandelwal’s house just three days after a similar dacoity in Vijay Nagar leaving police top brass
stunned. More so, because many senior police officers live in Vidya Nagar.
This time too, the dacoits loosened screws of the grill to break into the house and after tying the family members, they collected over 25 tola jewellery and cash before escaping early on Wednesday. It was a nightmarish déjà vu for police as the modus operandi and timing was similar to other recent dacoities.
Nearly half-a-dozen dacoits entered the house when the family was asleep. They tied the family members at gunpoint and used soap to take off bangles from the hands of Khandelwal’s wife. When she resisted, the dacoits threatened them with the arms.
The dacoits, who kept their faces covered, also asked Khandelwal to take them to the first floor where Kamal Agarwal, a contractor, lives on rent. Khandelwal refused and apparently the dacoits didn’t insist, probably not wanting to stay till the crack of dawn.
Two of them were carrying revolvers while two others had long knives in their hands. After the dacoits left, Agarwal heard Khandelwal’s calls and went down. He untied the family members before informing the Police Control Room.
SP Anant Kumar Singh said dacoits entered the house after 3 am and escaped before 4.45 am. He said fingerprints had been collected from two places and several parties were on the hunt for the gang.
The complainant, Ajay Khandelwal, has an office in MP Nagar. His elderly mother, wife and two children were in the house at the time of the incident. “There is no street light and despite repeated communication to Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) the lights were not set right and it helped the dacoits,” he said.