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UP theft booty found in Ichhapore

A Rs 7-lakh booty, stolen in Uttar Pradesh, was recovered by the police from Ichhapore in North 24-Parganas.

Officials said Pronab Banerjee, driver of the manager of a distillery firm in Saharanpur, stole the amount and fled to his home in Ichhapore’s Netaji Pally.

But Banerjee did not find it safe to keep the suitcase containing the cash at home. He persuaded a neighbour to keep it and left. When he did not return home for days, the neighbour called up the Noapara police. The suitcase, prised open, also yielded Banerjee’s driving licence and a Saharanpur address.

Sanjay Malik, manager of the firm where Banerjee worked, had withdrawn the money from Shivalik Mercantile Cooperative Bank in Saharanpur on June 23. Malik left the money in the car and went to another bank, police said. Unable to resist the temptation, Banerjee, the driver, picked up the bag and boarded a train for home, reaching on Wednesday morning.

A police team arrived from Saharanpur on Saturday. “We handed over the money to them,” said K. Jayaraman, additional superintendent of police, Barrackpore.

- Death of burns: Mohammed Anwar, 40, a resident of Garden Reach, succumbed to burn injuries he received while trying to save his wife, Suraiya, on Friday night. Suraiya had caught fire while cooking. While Anwar died in hospital, Suraiya is fighting for life.

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