Another murder in the city has caught the city police napping. Despite tall claims of top police officials, criminals have been executing murders and robberies with ease.
In such an incident, a gang of robbers allegedly brutally murdered the watchman of a factory with blunt weapons, before robbing it at Metro road in Focal Point on late Monday night.
The accused decamped with three silver idols, 101 silver coins, copper worth Rs 8 lakh and zinc. Vijay Kumar, owner of the factory, claimed that he incurred a loss of over Rs 25 lakh in the incident. The robbers also took away the CCTV cameras installed in various areas of the factory premises, besides the footage recording equipment.
The deceased has been identified as Dhan Bahadur (40). Injuries caused by a blunt weapon were found on his head. The police have sent the body to civil hospital for post-mortem examination.
It has been suspected that the robbers struck at the factory, United Electro Plates, after 11.30 pm on Monday. The incident came to light around 6:30 am on Tuesday, when Suraj Bahadur, another watchman of the factory, saw Dhan's body lying in a room near the gate.
Suraj raised an alarm and informed the factory owner and police. The Focal Point police reached the spot and initiated investigation. A case has been registered against unidentified accused at Focal Point police station.
Factory owner Vijay Kumar said the material that the robbers had stolen was heavy, and it would have taken them a minimum of one hour to load it in a vehicle.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) City 2 Bhupinder Singh said no tyre marks were found in the vicinity of the factory gate.
The ADCP said Dhan and Suraj used to live in the quarters on the first floor of the factory with their families. He claimed that Dhan was under the influence of the liquor on Monday night. His wife had gone to visit a relative, while their four children were upstairs in the quarter. His daughter had come downstairs to take Dhan home, but he refused to budge, he added.
He said the police suspected the involvement of some experienced gang in the incident, adding that a manhunt had been launched to nab the accused.