Gayasuddin shows the almirah that was cleaned out at his Zakirnagar home on Thursday. (Animesh Sengupta)
A gang, which easily made its way into a Mango residence by laying hands on the keys of the grille gate in the wee hours of Thursday, decamped with cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth over Rs 2 lakh.
All five members of the family were present in the house at the time of the incident, but they were asleep. The single-storeyed house with three rooms is located at densely populated Jakirnagar in the Azadnagar police station area.
House owner Mohammad Gayasuddin first spotted the burglary when he woke up around 5am to offer namaz. Police have registered an FIR against unknown persons.
According to the FIR, the criminals entered the house from the rear side and used a long stick to grab the key of the verandah’s grille gate that was kept on the fridge. The main door was open. Once inside the house, the gang did not have trouble finding the key of the steel almirah that they cleaned out. Gold ornaments worth Rs 1.8 lakh, cash, two cellphones and several watches are missing.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Gayasuddin, who works in a private company, said the burglary might have taken place between 2am and 3am.
“I went to bed at 12.30am and was supposed to wake up around 4am to offer nawaz. However, I overslept and woke up at 5am. On my way to the bathroom, I found the grille gate open. I went to check whether everything was okay when I spotted some empty jewellery boxes on the path at the back of the house. Immediately, I grew suspicious and rushed to the room where the almirah is kept. To my horror, it was lying open with all ornaments missing,” Gayasuddin added.
The room was empty at night. None of the family members heard any noise.
Gayasuddin further said that it was clear that the gang had thorough knowledge of the layout of the house and also the places where keys of the grille gate and the almirah were kept.
“Had the burglars not known the house well, they would not have been able to lay their hands on the keys,” he pointed out.
Officer in charge of Azadnagar police station sub-inspector Deepak Kumar, who visited the house, said: “We are trying to gather clues. As of now, nothing is clear and we have not been able to trace the culprits.”