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High-end cameras robbed from store

A gang broke into an electronic goods showroom at Santragachhi in Howrah after allegedly beating up the guard and looted cameras worth over Rs 10 lakh early on Sunday.

Among the 20 cameras looted from the two-storey showroom of Calcutta-based Great Eastern Trading Company were high-end professional ones like Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800, each with a showroom price of over Rs 1,80,000.

Sajal Chatterjee, 27, who was guarding the showroom near Santragacchi railway junction, off Kona Expressway, told police that seven-eight dacoits punched him and asked him to hand over the shutter keys around 3am.

“When Chatterjee said he did not have the keys, the gang kept assaulting him till he managed to run away,” an officer of Jagachha police station quoted the guard as saying.

The robbers then allegedly poured acid on the shutter locks and broke them with iron rods before prising open the shutters.

“According to the guard’s statement, the burglars were not carrying firearms and were speaking in Bengali. They broke the glass shelves of the camera section and took away a number of camera boxes,” the officer said.

“The closed-circuit cameras inside the store were switched off. We are trying to have an impression of the dacoits with the help of images captured by two CCTV cameras outside the store.”

According to store manager Abhay Yadav, only the camera section on the ground floor was targetted. “The other sections are untouched.”

The Santragachi outlet, spread over 3,200sq ft, was opened two years ago.

“A probe suggests the robbers were inside the store only for about 10 minutes,” said the police officer. “The guard had come running to our outpost at Santragachi and alerted the officers about the break-in. Our men rushed to the site but the robbers had left by the time they reached the spot.”