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Shop near police station burgled

- Robbers strike ornament stores

Raiganj, Jan. 21: Robbers broke into a jewellery shop barely 30 metre from the Raiganj police station last night and fled with gold and silver ornaments and a steel safe that had jewellery inside.

The daring robbery in the Ukilpara area has prompted the district police chief to start an inquiry on the role of the on-duty policemen.

Ornaments worth around Rs 6 lakh were lost in the theft.

The shutter of the shop had been opened after breaking six padlocks. Although the glass showcases inside the shop were intact, the jewellery on display, mostly silver, were missing along with a steel safe that had gold ornaments.

Owner Madan Mohan Ghosh said since it was the wedding season, he had more stock of gold ornaments than usual. “We had a number of orders for weddings and my workers were working till 7.30pm after which they locked up the shop and left. This morning, a shopowner in the area called me up on my cellphone and told me that my shop had been broken into,” Ghosh said.

“Gold and silver jewellery worth around Rs 6 lakh has been looted. I am surprised that the police patrols did not notice anything throughout the night,” said the owner.

North Dinajpur police superintendent Dipankar Bhattacharya said: “I was not informed that a crime had been committed so close to the police station. The robbers took time to break in and flee and none of the patrols saw anything. I will inquire into the role of the police personnel.”

General secretary of West Dinajpur Chamber of Commerce Sankar Kundu said: “We are feeling unsafe. The incident so close to the police station is a matter of great concern.”