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Gang of 10 raids house

An armed gang of 10 raided a Sonarpur house early on Wednesday and took away cash and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh after beating up members of the two resident families, including an octogenarian and a cardiac patient.

The robbers broke glass panes to open the door of architect Kalyan Chakraborty’s house at Milan Palli, a short drive from Sonarpur station, around 2.30am.

Raj Kumar Haldar, an employee in Chakraborty’s firm that operates from the ground floor, said the men, in their mid-20s, headed straight to his employer’s bedroom on the first floor.

Chakraborty was sleeping with his wife Abantika and their daughter Sruti, a Class VIII student. Chakraborty’s father Amiya Prasad, 80, was in another room.

“The robbers tied up the three and demanded the keys to the cupboards. They punched the couple to intimidate them. Two of the robbers went to Amiya Prasad’s room, tied him up and hit him in the face. The gang opened the cupboards and took ornaments, cash and three cellphones,” said Raj Kumar.

The gang then went to the ground floor along with Sruti and started knocking on the door of Chakraborty’s tenant Naresh Mondal. The 56-year-old, a government employee, lives with his wife Renu and son Utpal, who is studying to be a chartered accountant.

“I was woken up by Sruti’s voice asking me to open the door. When I did, the robbers pushed their way in, tied us up and covered our faces. They then made us hand over valuables,” said Mondal, who underwent a heart surgery recently. He was hit in the face with a pistol butt when hesitated.

The robbers left around 5am. The police suspect that they had a detailed plan of the building and had come on foot. “At least no one heard the sound of a car,” said an officer of Sonarpur police station.