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Ranchi burglars steal money, and hearts too

A gang of robbers, after their loot, gave Rs 10 to a child as token of love, besides showing other courteous acts. Not that they are not imbued with human emotions. Rare though it may be, there indeed are robbers who are drenched in the 'milk of human kindness', reports Prakash Kumar.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2007 10:15 IST

Not that they are not imbued with human emotions. Rare though it may be, there indeed are robbers who are drenched in the 'milk of human kindness'.

One such rare instance came to the fore on Friday when a family in Khunti, Ranchi confronted a "modest" gang of armed robbers, who looted cash and valuables, never showed any discourtesy to any of them and before fleeing, gave each child Rs 10 as a token of love.

Not only this, the robbers returned gold jhumkas of three of the ladies of the house from the booty, as they thought the women looked bland without them.

Police said that before showing a clean pair of heels, they politely warned the family not to report the robbery to the cops.

At about 2.30 am, 10 robbers barged into the residence of one Virendra Mishra, a retired teacher, when the entire family was fast asleep, police said. Sneaking through the ventilator one by one, the robbers first took the family hostage at gunpoint.

They then looted the cash and valuables, all the while addressing the ladies of the house as mammijee and bahanjee, the police said, quoting members of the Mishra family. As they said they were hungry, robbers also dined at the house before decamping with the bounty.

Confirming the incident, officer-in-charge of Khunti Police Station, Akhilesh Kumar Singh said that the robbers took away a motorcycle, consoling Mishra not to lose heart as he can claim the bike's money from the insurance company.

The OC, quoting the Mishra family, said the robbers identified themselves as members of the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers, a gang of criminals, lead by one Dinesh Gope, mostly active in rural areas.

The family claim to have lost Rs 5,000 in cash and jewellery worth Rs 25,000, among other goods and a motorcycle to the robbers, the OC said. "We are conducting raids," the OC said.