| Lalji Barma (left) and Pankaj Baishya after their arrest on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
June 11: Two unidentified goons snatched Rs 2 lakh from a trader at Fancy Bazar when the latter was returning home after closing his shop.
Police said the incident occurred around 9.30pm near the old central jail complex.
A police source said the victim, Rajmal Duggar, proprietor of an electrical goods store at Fancy Bazar, was walking home, which is located in the same area, when the two men intercepted him, snatched his bag containing the cash and ran away towards Kedar Road.
The incident took place within a few seconds and the goons fled the spot before anyone could react.
“A case has been registered in this connection at Fancy Bazar police outpost and we are trying to nab the criminals,” a police officer said.
Hiralal Samaria, a resident of Fancy Bazar, said, “We assumed that something was amiss after the area was deserted. The thelawaalas, too, were not there. Then we came to know that the goons had attacked the trader and had snatched his bag containing Rs 2 lakh in cash. But the sad part is that not a single policeman was patrolling the area at that time. This is the second incident of goons snatching cash from a trader in the city in the last eight days. We do not feel safe here.”
In another incident, two persons, Lalji Barma and Pankaj Baishya, were caught red-handed by the RPF while trying to steal belongings and articles of the Railways here today.
In a separate incident, city police arrested a 53-year-old man from Bihar last night for his alleged involvement in snatching Rs 5.5 lakh from businessman Dindayal Saraogi from Narayan Nagar on June 5.
Police sources said the accused, Kailash Bhagat, was arrested from Madhubari village in Motihari district of Bihar.
According to the police, Bhagat was arrested after investigation showed his involvement in the crime. Saraogi had received one bullet injury and had to be admitted to hospital.
This is the third arrest made by the police in this case. Earlier, two accused, Bhupen Das, 38, and Krishna Shankar Das, 51, were arrested on June 8. The police also recovered the pistol and the two motorcycles used in the crime.
The police team today produced Bhagat before a local court in Motihari district and took him on a transit remand.
The police suspect that Bhagat may be involved in many more snatching incidents in the city, including the attack on trader Bikram Chaurasia at Hatigaon on April 18. Goons had snatched a bag containing cash from Chaurasia when he was on his way home on a motorcycle from his shop at Ganeshguri.
“The police team, along with the accused, is likely to reach Guwahati tomorrow night,” the source said.
There has been an alarming increase in snatching incidents in the city over the past few months.