About 20 armed men unleashed terror on Sirsi village, 25 kilometres from Manavar in MP’s Dhar district, on Sunday late night as they broke open door of three houses and took away cash, jewellery and other valuables before police could reach the spot.
They first attacked the house of one Asharam Dhangar and carried away Rs 19,330 which he had kept for treatment of his 11-year-old son Rahul’s kidneys. When Dhangar pleaded that they should leave the cash as he has to take his son to Nadiad (Gujarat) the next day for treatment, they threatened him and told him that demonitisation has exhausted all their cash while he was living in peace. “You are eating food. We’re starving. How can you call yourself poor?” they said.
They next attacked house of paralysed school teacher Balaram Chauhan. As they broke the main door with heavy stones, his teacher’s wife Vandana woke up due to noise. She fled from rear door after she saw them standing outside their house. Armed robbers placed sharp-edged weapon on Balaram’s neck as others broke open the almirah. “They took away a gold chain, two gold rings, mangalsutra, anklets and Rs 30,000,” she informed police.
Then the robbers attacked the house of school peon Jairam Alava. They gagged Alawa’s mouth while the latter was sleeping at verandah outside his house. Then they broke the door of his house. When his wife Jheta Bai woke up, they snatched gold mangalsutra and silver anklets from her. Then, they broke a almirah and fled with silver anklets, karonda, bangles and Rs 20,000.
As villagers ran to help the victims, robbers slung stones at them. They fled only when a farmer fired shots in the air. Manavar thana in-charge Ranjit Singh said police have registered a case against robbers and have begun investigation.