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Trader looted at gun point

Durgapur, June 19: Two motorcycle-borne youths looted Rs 4.6 lakh from a trader at gun point in Asansol’s Kulti last night, just few metres away from a police station.

Bajrang Agarwal, 50, was riding pillion on a motorbike driven by an employee of his wholesale grocery shop in Barakar when the two youths stopped them showing a revolver.

“I got scared as one of the youths pointed a revolver at me. They snatched the leather bag where I had kept Rs 4.6 lakh and sped away,” Agarwal said.

The incident took place around 100 metres from the Niamatpur police outpost in Kulti around 10pm.

Agarwal was returning from Deoghar after a meeting a client there and had got down from a train at Sitarampur station. His employee had come to take him back home, about 8km away.

Traders in Barakar and Kulti today accused the police of inaction that had led to an increase in such incidents in the area.

“At least 10 cases of snatching money from traders at gun point have been reported in Kulti in the past few months. We are getting scared to carry money with us at night when we return from our business places,” said Ram Dudani, the secretary of the Barakar Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

The traders’ body has decided to submit a deputation to the police commissioner of the Asansol-Durgapur commissionerate in this regard.

Police said they have started investigations and blamed the area’s proximity to the Jharkhand border for the in crease in crimes lately.

“The gangs may have been coming from Jharkhand and escaping there as the border is close by. We will intensify policing in the area,” said Ajay Nand, the police commissioner. Both Kulti and Barakar are within 10km of the Bengal-Jharkhand border.