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3 held for jewellery store theft

Three persons, including two employees of a jewellery shop in Jorasanko, were arrested on Thursday night for stealing 1.6kg of gold ornaments worth Rs 45 lakh from the shop.

Police said Bhadreswar Das, the owner of the shop on Muktaram Babu Street, had lodged a complaint on September 24 saying jewellery worth Rs 45 lakh was missing from an iron chest kept inside the shop.

“Das had arrived at the shop in the morning and saw the locks on the main shutter broken,” said D.P. Singh, the deputy commissioner of police, central division. “He entered the shop and discovered the jewellery missing from a locked iron chest.”

Investigators found that the lock on the chest had not been broken. “Das said the keys were with him. We became sure that the chest had been unlocked with a duplicate key and that a shop employee was involved. Making a duplicate key wouldn’t have been possible without an insider’s involvement,” said an officer of Jorasanko police station.

The cops picked up Toton Mallick, an employee, who confessed. “We raided a place in Chanditala in Hooghly, where he lives. We arrested another employee, Chiranjit Shit, from the same locality. On Thursday night, the duo led us to a building under construction, where the booty was buried, wrapped in cloth,” said the officer.

“The duo said they had got a duplicate key made from a person in Jorasanko. The jewellery was stolen a couple of hours after the shop was shut down on the night of September 23.”

Police have also arrested Toton’s brother-in-law, Tanmoy Santra, from Santragachhi in Howrah.

“Santra was involved in the conspiracy. We have to ascertain whether looting the shop was his brainchild,” said another another officer.