|Amit Rungta after he was robbed. Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya n See Metro
Calcutta, Feb. 12: The unbelievable has happened in Calcutta — that too in daylight.
Two youths walked up to a sedan carrying a young couple finishing off their Sunday breakfast, held a knife to the throat of the husband who resisted initially and suffered a cut, and eventually ambled away with his gold chain and ring around 9am.
The sequence unfolded near a roadside eatery at Burrabazar, where families go for a bite of comfort food such as sabzi and kachori on Sunday mornings. The audacious hold-up on Sir Hariram Goenka Street, off Rabindra Sarani, did not last for more than two minutes and the robbers melted away in full view of at least 20 to 30 people.
I still cant imagine that two persons actually walked up to our car, held a knife to my throat, gave me a cut when I resisted and then just walked away with the jewellery. I cant believe this happening in Calcutta, Amit Rungta said after lodging a complaint with Posta police station.
Amit, 36, a businessman, was wounded in his palm as he tried to resist the robbers initially but later gave in to the request of his wife Jyoti, 32, and parted with his ring and chain with two pendants, valued at Rs 1.5 lakh.
All I can say at this point is that I am never coming back to Burrabazar, said Amit, who lives with his family on Upper Wood Street.
The couple had visited the famous Badri kachori shop on Hariram Goenka Street — a typical Burrabazar bylane with shops lined up on both sides of the eight-foot street — this morning.
The family is originally from Burrabazar…. Amit and Jyoti have the habit of enjoying their Sunday morning breakfast at different eateries, said Lokesh Sharma, a business associate of the Rungtas.
In his complaint to the police, Amit had said that after parking his Honda City around 50 meters from the shop, he and his wife went to the eatery and placed their order. We carried the food back to the car, recounted Amit.
Amit was sitting in the drivers seat with his wife beside him. Just when he finished his plate, the door next to him was yanked open and a knife was held to his throat. The two men ordered him in Hindi to give them his gold chain and ring.
Initially, we tried to raise an alarm. But one of them said halla mat karo (dont make a noise) and, in any case, no one was coming to our help. So we stopped shouting, said Jyoti.
I saw my husband had cut his hand trying to resist them. They were still holding the knife to his throat and I feared his throat would be slit. So, I begged him to part with the ornaments, she recollected.
Amit, however, had dropped two other rings and a bracelet inside the car while handing over what the snatchers had demanded. Jyoti said she did not wear jewellery.
It is baffling that the snatchers walked away and nobody even tried to stop them, Amit said.
Roshan Kumar, a helper at the kachori shop, said he had rushed to the car on hearing screams. As I and a few others were approaching, the robbers who had put their heads through the car windows warned that the couple would face dire consequences if we ventured nearer…. This prompted us to run to a safe distance, Roshan, in his mid-thirties, said.
Both of them were carrying knives, he added.
City detective chief Damyanti Sen said an investigation was on. It seems the duo were local people, Sen said.