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Robbery bid with chilli

Two youths were held on Wednesday morning for an attempt to rob Rs 1.5 lakh from an office on Dobson Road, in Howrah, by throwing chilli powder in the eyes of its owner.

Neighbours of Manish Kumar were alerted by his cries as the youths — Manoj Pandey, 24, and Pawan Dubey, 25 — were running out of the building with the money. The neighbours caught the duo near the gate.

Kumar’s colleague Bhupen Goswami, 28, who had allegedly employed the two, was standing near the house. He ran away and was later arrested. The three will be produced in court on Thursday.

Kumar had replaced Goswami’s brother-in-law Paramananda Misher as the manager of a construction firm. According to police, Goswami had told Pandey and Dubey that Kumar had withdrawn Rs 1.5 lakh from the Dobson Road branch of a bank and taken the money to his office-cum-home.

Pradip Shaw, one of the men who caught the duo, said: “I rushed out of my office hearing Manish’s cry and saw two youths fleeing. I managed to hold on to their collars before others arrived and pinned them down.”

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