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Two robberies rock City

TWO INCIDENTS of robbery, one at Vinay Nagar and the other at Tulsi Nagar, rocked the City in the wee hours of the morning. No one was seriously injured in either of the two incidents, but the robbers managed to take away over cash and jewellery worth around Rs 3 lakh.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2006 15:47 IST

TWO INCIDENTS of robbery, one at Vinay Nagar and the other at Tulsi Nagar, rocked the City in the wee hours of the morning. No one was seriously injured in either of the two incidents, but the robbers managed to take away over cash and jewellery worth around Rs 3 lakh.

A four-wheeler that had been taken away by the looters at Vinay Nagar was later found abandoned near Niranjanpur. Both the incidents occurred at around the same time and police believe that it might be the work of different members of the same gang.

In Tulsi Nagar, the accused targeted E-24, an isolated two-storeyed house owned by P L Chauhan, who retired as an X-ray technician from the ESIC Hospital.

The robbers entered the house by opening the window grill of a room and then went upstairs. First they went to the room of the elder son Sudhir on the first floor, where he was sleeping with his wife Anjana, daughter Shaijal (12) and son Sanskar (8).

When the couple woke up, they were threatened with knives and a country-made revolver, and told to keep quiet. Their two children also woke up but they too were scolded and told to stay silent.

The robbers then went to the next room occupied by Ravindra, his wife Archana and their two children, Kshitij (8) and Uday (3).

The robbers took all of them downstairs to their parents’ room and demanded keys to the various cupboards. At this point, Sudhir’s wife Anjana and P L Chauhan protested, and to silence them, the robbers struck both of them with the blunt side of a sickle.

After intimidating the entire family, the gang members systematically opened all the almirahs and about Rs 10,000 cash and jewellery worth about Rs 75,000 apart from other goods like a camera.

Before leaving they tore a curtain and a bed-sheet and tied all of them. Seven of them were locked inside a bathroom, while the remaining were kept locked in a room.

Sudhir’s mother was the first to free herself and then she released all the others. Sudhir said that the miscreants could not spot the telephone

as it was covered by a piece of cloth and kept under a table. After they left, Sudhir freed himself and called the Police Control Room to inform about the incident.

Sudhir said that all the robbers looked between mid-twenties and early thirties, but had their faces covered with handkerchiefs. They wore T-shirts, trousers and sports shoes. They appeared urban and from their dialect they appeared to be people  from Bihar or Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The other incident of loot occurred at 61, Vinay Nagar, situated on RTO Road. Here too, the robbers entered by opening the window grill and then entered the room where the owner Sanjay Balwani, a trader dealing with dupattas, lives. The robbers kicked open the bedroom with such force that the lock broke open. Sanjay, his wife Karishma, son Manan woke up and found themselves surrounded by the armed robbers.

When Karishma screamed, one of the robbers hit her with a screwdriver on her face, and warned her not to shout otherwise
she would get hurt.

They tied all the three with a sari and locked them inside a room. They opened the almirahs and took away Rs 75,000 in cash and jewellery worth about Rs 1.5 lakh. They scattered all the clothes and other goods in the house while searching for the valuables.

Before leaving, they took keys of their car (MP-09-HD-9175), which was later found abandoned at Niranjanpur. After the miscreants left, Karishma somehow managed to free herself and informed their neighbour Vimalchandra Kasliwal about the incident, who then called the police.

Here too the robbers were aged between 25 and 30 years. All of them were wearing T-shirts and trousers and had their faces covered with handkerchiefs.

Soon after the incident, senior officers including the TIs, CSPs and area additional SPs visited the spot. Later, the SP, DIG and the IG also visited the spot.