Armed dacoits strike at Scheme 114 house
FIVE ARMED masked miscreants looted around Rs 3 lakh worth of jewellery and Rs 10,000 in cash and other goods from a house in Scheme No 114 belonging to a Bengali family in the wee hours of today. The only saving grace was that the miscreants did not injure anyone.india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 13:09 IST
FIVE ARMED masked miscreants looted around Rs 3 lakh worth of jewellery and Rs 10,000 in cash and other goods from a house in Scheme No 114 belonging to a Bengali family in the wee hours of today. The only saving grace was that the miscreants did not injure anyone.
According to police, the incident occurred between 4 and 5 am at house No 1402 C, owned by two brothers Biplab, who works in the sales department at Konark Chemical Marketing and Durlabh Dasgupta, who is assistant manager at Bridgestone.
The miscreants entered after unscrewing the grill of a window in the rear of the house. Then they unscrewed another grill and entered the house. They kicked the bedroom door in which Biplab was sleeping along with his wife Rajni and six-year-old daughter Sikha.
Even though the door was locked, the kick broke open the latch. The miscreants threatened them with country made revolvers. They forced Biplab to accompany them to his brother’s bedroom and call him out. Durlabh, who was sleeping with his wife Mala and one-year-old daughter Shradha, came out to see what the matter was and the miscreants caught hold of him too.
The miscreants then meticulously searched the entire house for valuables. They opened all the three almirahs and even the refrigerator, and took away the cash, jewellery and two mobile phones and a camera. Before leaving they ripped a bedsheet and tied both the brothers and locked them in a bathroom and tied the two women in the corridor.
After the miscreants left, Biplab somehow managed to free himself and then along with a neighbour went to the Lasudia police station.
Soon after the incident, senior police officers including the SP Adarsh Katiyar, ASP Rajesh Hingankar, CSP Jitendra Singh and TI Lasudia Daulat Singh reached the spot. MG Road TI Rajendra Singh Jhala who was on night patrol was the first to reach the spot.
Target well chosen
WHILE ONE of the miscreant was wearing a monkey cap, the others had handkerchief tied on their faces, and were wearing sport shoes. They appeared well heeled.
The miscreants had chosen their target well. Scheme No 114 is a newly developing colony and sparsely populated. Both the plots on either side of the house are vacant and there are only three houses in that row. The Dasguptas who had shifted to this place in July last year now think that they were better off at their rented houses at Ambedkar Nagar where they lived since 1998 when they settled in Indore.
BEFORE LEAVING, the miscreants warned them that if they informed the police and the media they would come the next day and kill them. As a result of this threat the women in the house became so frightened that they tried to persuade their husbands not to lodge a report, but wiser council prevailed.
While they were taking ornaments which the women were wearing, Biplab’s wife Rajni refused to give them her ‘shakha and pola’ which married Bengali women wear, and its importance to a married Bengali women is similar to that of a mangalsutra. Even though there was gold in them, the miscreants allowed her to keep it.