Raja Pal Chowdhury in front of the ransacked almirah at his Ghorabandha residence on Sunday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Wedding jewellery and trousseau worth Rs 12 lakh were cleaned out from the home of a young Tata Motors employee in Ghorabandha, a stone’s throw from former chief minister Arjun Munda’s house on the city’s fringes, early on Sunday.
Local Govindpur police, who engaged a sniffer dog and a fingerprint expert for clues, are yet to make any headway in the case.
According to the FIR lodged by 32-year-old Raja Pal Chowdhury, he and his family members — wife and elderly mother — were asleep around 1.15am when the gang of three sneaked into their Krishna Vihar home through the back door, which apparently was not bolted properly.
They rummaged through the family’s belongings in every room before they landed their eyes on the almirah that contained gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 11 lakh. The couple had tied the knot in January and expensive clothes worth almost another lakh were stacked up at the same place along with the five bags containing the jewellery.
“They broke open the steel almirah and took everything away. They did not leave behind my wife’s saris!” the victim said in his complaint.
The FIR further said that the burglars tried to relieve Chowdhury’s mother of her gold chain too.
“But the lunge at her neck woke my mother up. Seeing strangers in the house, she screamed and the three fled before we could catch them,” the complainant said.
The broken gold chain was found in the room after police arrived in the morning. They failed to chance upon any lead on the culprits till evening.
Govindpur thana OC Nand Kishore Sahoo confirmed that a burglary case had been registered and investigations had begun.
“People who committed the crime had fair knowledge about the victim’s home. They found the stock of gold in say less than half an hour. We are collecting fingerprints to further our probe,” he said, adding that they were conducting raids on suspected hideouts of local goons.
Sources in police said the gang had disposed of the bags without the ornaments in a bush some 200 metres from the house. Some not-so-expensive saris were also found.