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Armed raid on Chas home

A gang of 12 armed dacoits broke into the Chas residence of a Bokaro Steel employee and decamped with jewellery worth over Rs 10 lakh and Rs 50,000 in cash early on Tuesday.

The gun-toting men, who struck at the Adarsh Nagar Colony house in Telidih area of the township around 3am, also assaulted and injured a family member of Arun Kumar Yadav.

According to the FIR lodged with Chas police, the dacoits — armed with countrymade pistols, daggers, iron rods and knives — broke open the main gate to enter Yadav’s residence.

They held the family — 13 members including Yadav’s mother, wife, children, two brothers and their families — hostage in a room and rummaged through every almirah to accumulate the booty.

The Bokaro Steel employee’s brother-in-law, S.K. Yadav, who was paying a visit, was beaten up with rods when he tried to resist.

“We were caught unawares. I had never imagined my house being attacked, particularly when there were 13 of us staying together. Fortunately, none of the six children were assaulted,” Arun Yadav said.

The ordeal went on for nearly an hour before the dacoits, who communicated in Hindi, packed their loot in a trunk and fled.

Chas DSP R.N. Sharma said investigations had begun. A sniffer dog pressed into action found the trunk — albeit empty — in a field, barely half-a-kilometre from the house.

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