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Burglary at gunpoint

Armed burglars struck at the home of a government schoolteacher at New Babudih in Dhanbad sadar police station area in the small hours of Wednesday and decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh.

The incident took place around 1.45am when Manoj Paswan, a teacher of DAV High School in Jharia, and his family were fast asleep in their single-storeyed house.

The burglars, four in numbers, entered the house by breaking open the lock of a collapsible gate.

“The criminals, who spoke in Hindi and were between 25 and 30 years, first took my father Nand Kishore Prasad hostage at gunpoint. While one of them brandished the pistol, the other three threatened him with rods,” Paswan said.

They then made the elderly person wake up the other family members — Paswan, his mother Nagwa Devi, wife Sarita Devi, four-year-old daughter Pari, nephew Tathagat and niece Mridima. All were held captive at gunpoint.

Paswan handed over a purse full of cash besides his ATM card and begged the criminals to spare them. But they threatened to kidnap his daughter if the family did not hand over the keys to the almirahs.

“My wife handed over the almirah’s keys where jewellery worth Rs 4 lakh were kept,” Paswan added.

The burglars cleaned away the locker and picked up some more valuables from the house before leaving at 3.30am. DSP (law and order) Amit Kumar said: “We suspect the involvement of some local youths. Raids are on to nab them.”


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