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Bikers snatch Rs 5.5 lakh

Siliguri, Aug. 8: Two persons on a motorcycle accosted tea garden employees travelling in a rickshaw and snatched away a bag containing Rs 5.5 lakh from them in Jalpaiguri today.

A police constable, riding a motorcycle some distance behind, saw the incident at Babupara More and fired a round from his service revolver and even gave them chase. But he could not catch up with the duo.

The incident took place a little after 1pm when Ramprasad Mahato and Dinesh Roy, both clerical staff members of Nidam Tea Garden in Malbazar block, were going to their office in town after withdrawing the money from the State Bank of India’s Jalpaiguri main branch along Club Road.

“We were proceeding towards the office when two men on a motorcycle stopped in front of the rickshaw and, brandishing a revolver, snatched the bag from my hands,” said Ramprasad Mahato. “Dinesh and I started shouting for help but the hoodlums, both of whom were wearing full head-covering helmets, sped away on their two-wheeler.”

Constable Dipankar Das of the State Armed Police said: “I don’t know if I could hit them or their motorbike. But I refrained from firing further shots for fear of hitting a passer-by.” Das said he gave chase for about half a kilometre before he lost sight of them in one of the by-lanes leading off Temple Street.

The two employees, along with the management representatives of the garden, later filed an FIR at the Kotwali police station.

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