SP Gon Chaudhuri
A bundle of bidi left behind at the crime scene led police to a part of the booty robbed from green energy expert S.P. Gon Chaudhuri’s home off the EM Bypass on September 1.
The booty, stashed into two gunny bags, was found buried on a riverbank at Kultali in South 24-Parganas. The cash was, however, missing.
“A bundle of bidi was recovered from the house. The packet said it was manufactured in Kultali. We took sketches of the four persons who had entered the house to Kultali to find some links,” said a senior officer in the detective department.
The Kultali police identified one of the robbers as Aminuddin Pyada, who had a previous crime record.
Pyada and two others — siblings Suryadev Haldar, 28, and Shanu Halder, 25 — were arrested from Kultali.
“We are looking for at least four others who were party to the crime. The person who tipped off the robbers that there was around Rs 10 lakh cash in the house is also absconding. The information was incorrect,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, the joint commissioner (crime).
The police had initially suspected the involvement of Gon Chaudhuri’s domestic help, who hails from Kultali. But the cops gave her the clean chit on Monday.
It could not be confirmed whether the recovered booty included Gon Chaudhuri’s international awards — Green Oscar and Euro Solar.
“Police called me up… they claimed to have recovered the robbed articles,” said Gon Chaudhuri, who is out of town and will return on Tuesday night, after which he will identify his belongings. “Only after seeing the items will I be able to say whether they are mine.”
A gang of four had barged into Gon Chaudhuri’s house at Madurdaha Hussainpur, off the Bypass, on the night of September 1. Gon Chaudhuri, and his domestic help were beaten up and Rs 12,000, cell phones, medals and other valuables were robbed at gunpoint.
The retired official’s wife is in London, where their son lives. The couple’s daughter lives in Australia.
Three persons were injured in separate bike accidents in the city between Sunday night and Monday morning. Abhishek Ganguly, 23, and his wife Rekha suffered head injuries after they were hit by a vehicle on the second Hooghly bridge. A 12-year-old boy was injured after a motorbike he was riding pillion was hit by a car on Garden Reach Road around 8pm on Sunday. Earlier, Ajay Barma, 23, was injured after his bike skidded at Entally.