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Cop alert on domestics as rob-jobs rise

Worried by a sudden spurt in burglaries — many of them ‘inside’ jobs — the police have once again urged Calcuttans to be “careful” about recruiting domestics. Two major incidents in the past four days have prompted the move, as maid-servants are suspected to be involved in both cases, with the loot adding up to Rs 18 lakh.

The last in a series of robberies occurred late on Tuesday at the residence of Kishore Singhania, a businessman, on Judge’s Court Road, in Alipore. Three newly-appointed domestics decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 12 lakh.

The three youths had been employed at the Singhania home barely a month ago. “They told the family that they were from Kodarma, in Jharkhand. Surprisingly, the family doesn’t even know their names,” said an officer of Alipore police station.

Last Saturday, a domestic in the Lower Rawdon Street residence of businessman Gopal Saraf fled with cash and valuables worth Rs 6 lakh. Police, however, have failed to make any breakthrough in this case so far.

“All Calcuttans are asked to collect the whereabouts of their domestics and keep the nearest police station posted after recruiting them,” said K.L. Tamta, deputy commissioner of police, headquarters.

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