Swapna Saha shows the almirah from where the jewellery was stolen. Picture by Nantu Dey
Raiganj, June 24: Robbers broke into the house of a police officer at Bandar here this afternoon and decamped with gold ornaments worth Rs 12 lakh less than 24 hours after extortionists opened fire in the air in the same area to terrorise traders.
The burglary and the shooting spree came at a time police are accused of neglect even after three daylight snatching incidents in the past few days.
Swapna Saha, the wife of assistant sub-inspector, Tushar Kanti Saha, said she and her son had locked up the main entrance of the house and went to meet her daughter’s in-laws around 1.15pm today.
“I had locked the main door on the ground floor that leads to our living area on the first floor. But around 3.30pm, a neighbour came to the house of my daughter’s in-laws and said robbers had entered our home. I rushed back and found the padlock on the main door broken. I had not locked the rooms on the first floor and found that the robbers had taken away gold ornaments weighing 440 grams. Some of the ornaments belonged to my daughter,” said Swapna.
The woman said the ornaments cost around 12 lakh and she filed a complaint with Raiganj police. Her husband is posted at Dalkhola.
In another incident at Bandar, about eight to 10 youths arrived at the market on motorcycles yesterday evening and began shooting from firearms. They also ransacked three shops.
The police said the gang grabbed hold of Babua Saha, a mobilephone shop owner, and beat him and one of employees.
Saha said he was beaten up because had had refused to pay.
A gang of six-seven robbers attacked a mango trader in Malda last night and injured him with a chopper. They also looted cash and jewellery worth around Rs 2 lakh.
Dildar Sabji, 28, has been admitted to Malda medical college and hospital in a critical condition.