A domestic help averted a dacoity in a Salt Lake home on Wednesday afternoon after she guessed the motive of two men who had come to the house disguised as gardeners.
She alerted the landlady when she saw rods and hacksaws in a bag that one of the men was carrying, instead of gardening tools.
Rita Bose, in her 60s, of GD block in Salt Lake, called her son following the domestic help’s alert. Her son Kaushik, who was at his workplace in Kankurgachi, alerted Bidhannagar South police station about the duo.
A police team reached the spot within minutes and managed to arrest one of the men.
An officer said: “Bose was at home with her domestic help when the duo rang the doorbell around 2pm. They introduced themselves as gardeners and said that they had worked in Bose’s garden before.”
The help opened the main gate and allowed them in but the tools inside their bag caught her attention. “She suspected their motive as the bag didn’t have any gardening equipment but some iron rods and hacksaws. Besides, she also noticed five men roaming suspiciously in front of the gate,” the officer added.
She went inside and informed Bose about the men.
When the police jeep reached Bose’s home, the five men took to their heels while one of the fake gardeners scaled the boundary wall and fled. “The other man, identified as Santosh Dhali, tried to escape but we overpowered him,” the officer said.
The incident occurred on a day when another woman lodged a complaint of theft at her Salt Lake home.
Majreen Tirkhe, who lives in Bichitra Abasan, told the police that she found a portion of the flat’s main door sliced from the ground on Monday evening after she returned from an errand.
The house was ransacked and the almirahs were broken. “She said Rs 7,000, a pair of earrings and a bangle were missing from the house,” an officer said.
Majreen claimed that she has been indisposed for the past couple of days and hence could not go to the police.