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Goods worth lakhs looted

A Dhatkidih trader on Thursday morning found his shop broken into and electronic goods and cosmetics worth over Rs 2 lakh missing.

In this connection, police have registered a case of burglary against unknown persons on the basis of an FIR lodged by the shopowner Raza Khan, a resident of A-Block in Dhatkidih.

In his FIR, Khan has stated that he closed his shop around 11pm on Wednesday, a normal procedure. He left for home after putting the store under lock and key.

But when he came to open the shop on Thursday, he found the lock broken.

Khan first discovered the goods missing. Then, he discovered around Rs 8,000 in cash was also gone.

A police party, led by sub-inspector of police Mohammed Sakir, visited the crime spot on Thursday afternoon.

Sub-inspector Sakir also spoke to the security guard posted at a Bank of Baroda ATM, which is located right next to Khan’s shop.

Later, while speaking to The Telegraph, Sakir said it was significant that the burglars succeeded in decamping with the goods despite there being a security guard in the adjoining ATM kiosk.

“We are trying to find out whether the guard posted at the adjoining ATM was sleeping or away from duty at the time of the crime,” the police officer said, adding that probe was on.

Khan, who resides in the same block in which his shop is located, confirmed that his total loss would amount to over Rs 2 lakh.

“I had never imagined there could be a burglary at my shop because it is flanked by two ATMs — one of State Bank of India and other belonging to Bank of Baroda. Though the SBI kiosks had no guards, there was a security personnel in its Bank of Baroda counterpart. Despite this, the criminals were able to decamp with the valuables,” a dazed Khan told The Telegraph.