Chakdah, Aug. 28: A gang led by a young woman allegedly looted cash and jewellery worth around Rs 1 lakh from a house in Nadia’s Chakdah last night.
Santiranjan Sen, a 43-year-old deed writer at the Chakdah sub-registrar’s office, was not present during the robbery as he had gone to stay the night at his friend’s house in Badkulla, 35km from his home.
The gang allegedly assaulted and tied up Sen’s wife Mithu when she tried to resist.
According to a complaint lodged by Mithu, the gang tied her up with the cord of a cellphone charger and a rope and gagged her with a piece of cloth before carrying out the robbery.
Sen’s two teenaged sons were sleeping with their grandmother on the first floor while his brother was in another room with his family.
“I was sleeping alone in my room on the first floor. After I returned to my room from the bathroom around 1.30am and switched off the light, torches were flashed on my face,” Mithu said.
The 30-year-old homemaker said a masked woman brandished a dagger and asked her to hand over whatever valuables there were in the house.
“She was speaking in broken Bengali and was wearing a light green churidar. She and two other youths tied my hands with the charger of a cellphone and gagged me with a blouse. I tried to resist but the woman hit me on my head with a rod. I lost consciousness,” she added.
Mithu said she came to when her brother-in-law sprinkled water on her face. The police are yet to make an estimate of the valuables robbed.
Before fleeing, the gang left a note that warned against informing the police.
The sub-divisional police officer of Kalyani, Chandrasekhar Bandopadhyaya, said preliminary investigations had revealed loopholes in the statements given by Mithu and Sen’s brother.
“There are inconsistencies in the statements. It is not clear how the robbers entered the house. The woman told us that she suspected that the gang climbed up an adjacent tree and then landed on the roof, from where they entered the room. We have not found any footprints on the wet earth around the tree. We are probing all angles,” he said.