The building in Baguiati were the Mukherjees live. Picture by Bibhash Lodh
Thieves cut open a collapsible gate of an apartment in Baguiati and fled with cash and gold ornaments early on Friday while the family of four was asleep.
This is the third such incident in the area in a week and the second in the building in FG Block. The first attempt, though, had been futile.
Gopal Mukherjee, 65, his wife Anjali, 57, their son Inranil and daughter-in-law Sangita were sleeping in the ground-floor flat when the incident took place.
Gopal woke up to the noise of someone banging on the door of his son’s bedroom around 7.30am.
“The first thing I noticed was that Rs 18,000 I had kept on top of our refrigerator for Puja shopping was missing,” said Gopal, who rushed out of his room to find Indranil’s room locked from outside.
“Gold ornaments weighing around 100 grams were also gone from a cupboard in my room,” he said.
The thieves entered the house through the rear gate.
“It seems a gang of two to three thieves entered the house through the rear gate. They cut the grille and used chemicals to melt the lock. They locked Indranil’s room from outside and then raided Gopal’s room where the cash and the ornaments were kept,” an officer of Baguiati police station said.
Police suspect that the thieves used a sleep-inducing spray to ensure a smooth operation.
The Mukherjees had planned to wake up around 5am to hear the Mahalaya programme on radio but overslept. “We were in such deep sleep that we didn’t hear a thing,” Gopal said.
Residents of the area suspect Friday’s theft could be the handiwork of the same gang that has been on a looting spree in the locality.
On October 1, burglars broke into the house opposite the Mukherjees. “The thieves had entered through the collapsible gate,” said Amit Majumdar, the owner of the house, said.
Two days before that, thieves broke into a first-floor apartment in the building where the Mukherjees live. “The owner of the flat, Jaya Goldar, stays somewhere else, so the thieves had to return empty-handed,” a police officer said.
“We nabbed a gang of thieves a few months ago. We are confident of solving this case too,” said an officer of Baguiati police station.
A youth was arrested after a chase while trying to flee with a bag containing Rs 1 lakh in Kidderpore on Wednesday night. Police said Uttam Mondal, 20, had snatched the bag from Anil Shukla, 30, a resident of Golabari in Howrah around 11pm.