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Rs 50000 snatched from teacher

Balurghat, May 24: A teacher riding home on a bicycle with Rs 50,000 he had just taken as loan from a bank to treat his brother’s eye ailment was robbed of the cash by motorbike-borne criminals at Gangarampur this morning.

Sudeb Biswas, a mathematics teacher at the Niranjan Ghosh Smriti Vidyalaya, said his 28-year-old brother Pradip had been suffering from a retinal problem. Biswas said doctors treating Pradip in a private clinic in Malda had suggested that he be taken to Chennai for advanced check-up.

“I had applied for a loan at the Bangla Grameen Vikas Bank and collected Rs 50,000 today. I kept the cash in a bag that was placed in the front basket of my bicycle. It was around 10.45am and I was hurrying back home as I had to attend school. When I was 200 metres from my home at Kalitala, a motorbike came across my path and the man riding pillion snatched the bag and sped away,” said Biswas, 32.

The teacher said he was supposed to travel with his brother to Calcutta tomorrow for the journey to Chennai. “I am the only earning member of the family. The theft means I won’t be able to carry out my brother’s treatment and there is a danger that he might lose his vision,” Biswas said. He has filed a complaint at the Gangarampur police station.

Naren Pal, a pan shop owner in the Kalitala area, said there were not many people on the road at the time of the robbery. “I heard a man on a bicycle shouting that his bag had been snatched. I could see a bike with two men speeding away,” said Naren.

Today’s is the third incident of snatching in the subdivisional town since April. A businessman had been robbed of Rs 60,000 on April 23 and a week later, Rs 1.2 lakh was snatched from an oil mill owner.

“The robberies are happening in broad daylight and police have failed miserably in tackling the crimes. They couldn’t arrest a single person, let alone recover the stolen cash,” said Jyotish Roy, a social worker in Gangarampur.

The subdivisional police officer of Gangarampur, Narayan Majumdar, pleaded helplessness. “We do not have specific information about the gangs operating in the area. Today, Rs 50,000 was snatched from a schoolteacher; we are investigating the case.”