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Jewellery heist

Alipurduar, Jan. 23: A gang looted gold and silver ornaments worth over Rs 15 lakh from a jewellery shop at Jateswar last night, making this the second jewellery store break-in in three days.

According to a police source, around 2am the gang of eight robbers tied the security guard of Swarnamandir Jewellers at gunpoint to a wooden post. The guard’s mouth was stuffed with cloth to prevent him from shouting. The gang broke open the door of the shop, which is around 52km from Alipurduar. They used electronic cutters to open two vaults and took away all the ornaments in them. The entire operation, according to what the guard has told the police, took about an hour.

The robbers left on their bikes. The guard managed to free himself and informed the police. The owner of Swarnamandir Jewellers, Bhola Sha, said 500gm of gold and a kilogram of silver was stolen. He put the loss at over Rs 15 lakh.

The shop had a CCTV camera and the police are trying to get the footage from there. They have called experts from Siliguri to verify the footage and also to collect fingerprints of the robbers.

“A big racket is operating in Alipurduar subdivision and the robbers are getting the advantage of the inter-state and international border as they can easily escape into Bhutan, Assam or Nepal. Hopefully within the next few days, we will be able to arrest the gang,” said Akash Magharia, the additional superintendent of police, Alipurduar.