Canning (South 24-Parganas) Dec. 6: Terror continues to reign in Thumkathi near here with 15 dacoities taking place in as many days.
The latest occurred last night when a gang of armed men looted four houses and took away cash and jewellery worth over a lakh. They also beat up residents when they tried to put up resistance.
Of the four houses that were looted, two were businessmen’s and two belonged to bank employees.
The dacoits, who came around 1.30 am, split themselves into four groups. They first broke open the front door of Krishna Sapui’s house. The businessman was held at gunpoint as the looting continued. There were simultaneous raids on the houses of Bisnu Sapui, Probhas Sapui and Sankar Sapui.
Krishna said the dacoits were armed to the teeth and their faces covered with cloth. “They beat up my wife and daughter as they refused to give up their gold earrings and bangles.”
Probhas alleged that there was no sign of the police till this morning.
Two groups fought a pitched battle over a religious programme on the occasion of Id at Madna village in the Suti police station area of Murshidabad district, reports our correspondent.
Both the groups hurled bombs and fired at each other. Twelve people were injured.