Chinsurah, Dec. 5: Four youths looted over Rs 4 lakh in cash and liquor bottles from a closed wine shop in a pre-dawn raid in Chinsurahs Kodalia today.
The robbers came on a cycle van with shovels and choppers. Police said it was unusual that so much cash had been kept in the shop.
No arrests had been made till late tonight.
The officer in charge of Chinsurah police station, Bimal Banerjee, however, said it was strange that so much cash was kept in the shop. No arrests were made till late today.
They came on a cycle van around 3 am, prised open the shutter with shovels and then broke the lock on the grill. They even put on the lights of the shop while carrying out the robbery, said a police officer.
Appa Majumdar, a boy who runs a tea stall near the shop, saw the cycle van and the lights on when he got up for early morning chores. As he approached the shop to find out what was going on, the four youths emerged and fled on foot, leaving the van behind.
The boy then went to the second floor of the building to inform the wine shop owner Somnath Pal, who stayed there. The police were alerted and arrived almost 90 minutes later. The officer in charge of Chinsurah police station, Bimal Banerjee, however, said it was strange that so much cash was kept in the shop. No arrests were made till late today.