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Kolaghat residents cry cop inaction

Tamluk, Oct. 3: Kolaghat police are clueless about three burglaries in the area in the past two months.

The robbers had raided two houses and a godown and looted valuables worth over Rs 21 lakh. From the godown, the robbers had looted cigarettes worth Rs 9 lakh and cash to the tune of Rs 1.70 lakh.

But the police investigations till date have not yielded any results.

District police chief Sukesh Jain said: “We have been investigating the cases with due importance. Senior officials, including the additional district superintendent of police (headquarters), and the subdivisional officer of Tamluk are inquiring into the burglaries along with the police.”

According to Jain, they have collected the fingerprints from walls on the houses and the godowns. “One suspected robber has been arrested. Some suspected miscreants had been detained and released after interrogation,” he said.

“But it is true that we are yet to zero in on the gangs involved in these burglaries. I am confident that the gang would be nabbed soon,” the SP said. But the residents seem to draw little comfort from his “confidence.”

Niranjan Laskar, 61, who has been living at a house adjacent to Shantipur at Mecheda railway station for the past two decades, had gone to his daughter’s house at Barrackpore with his wife on July 4.

On July 14, he received a call from his tenant saying the locks of the tenant’s main gate and the doors of the ground-floor flat were broken. He also reported that the main gate of the first floor was broken.

“We came back to our Mecheda house immediately and lodged an FIR with Kolaghat police. When we had spoken to our maid on the previous morning, we were told that everything was fine. It was assumed that the incident had taken place on the night of July 13,” Laskar said.

According to him, nearly 400 grams of gold jewellery, some silver jewellery, four expensive watches, brass utensils, mobile phones and some cash got burgled.

“Ours is an old-style building and the doors and locks are fairly strong. There must be someone who has full knowledge of what valuables we possess and where we keep those. The miscreants had broken 14 locks in the house. Two months have already passed. But the police seem to be totally in the dark” he said.

At a stone’s throw from the Laskars, another burglary took place in a godown on August 7. The miscreants looted cartons of cigarettes worth over Rs 9 lakh and cash of over Rs 1.70 lakh.

The distributor of cigarettes, Palas Patra, said the miscreants had broken the iron gates and shutters to enter the godown. He alleged that the miscreants had raided his godown in December last year. When the local people chased them, they fled, leaving the Bolero they had come in.

Patra regretted that even though the police seized the vehicle, they could not trace any of the miscreants as yet.

In another theft, a businessman’s house in the area was broken in, but the thieves could not steal any valuables.