Burglars broke into an empty house in Palta and escaped with cash and valuables worth several thousand rupees. The theft was noticed on Wednesday morning after neighbours found the door to the house open.
The single-storey house has been lying empty for several months since its owner, Amit Datta, a senior photographer with The Telegraph, shifted to a flat in Baguiati. The Dattas visit the Palta house only on weekends, mostly to shift household items.
A neighbour from Palta called up Amit on Wednesday morning to report the burglary. “My father received a call around 7am from one of our neighbours in Palta who said the doors of our house were open,” said Amit’s son Ankit, who immediately left for Palta with his mother.
“The burglars broke four locks in the house,” said Amit, who joined his wife and son later.
They also broke the locks on a grille gate to enter the house but did not break the lock of the main gate as they scaled the boundary wall to enter the premises. The burglars possibly left through the rear door.
“They broke the almirah lock, too. Everything was strewn on the floor,” said Amit. “They crushed and destroyed about 25 CDs with photographs taken by me.” Four books of photographs by Henri Cartier Bresson, a part of Amit’s personal collection, were also stolen.
The burglars also took away two bicycles, Rs 5,000 in cash and bell metal and brass utensils.
A complaint was lodged with Titagarh police station. “We have spoken to some night guards. The burglars left behind some items. We are trying to trace them,” said Suvankar Bhattacharjee, the additional deputy commissioner of police, Barrackpore commissionerate.
A 20-year-old college girl was allegedly accosted by a youth on Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road on Wednesday.
Local residents chased the youth after the girl raised the alarm but he managed to escape.