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Robbery on house hunt

A man posing as a prospective paying guest allegedly took away an ATM card, PAN card and a chequebook after feigning illness on Tuesday.

The man who introduced himself as Ayush Agarwal requested a tour of the house in Ahiripukur First Lane near Gurusaday Road and the landlord, Ashok Ranjan Barui, readily agreed to show him the room at present occupied by Partha Sarathi Bidh, a bank official.

Agrwal had learnt that Bidh, who was not at home at the time, is likely to vacate the accommodation soon. The robbed items belong to Bidh.

“On being taken to Bidh’s room, Agarwal, apparently in his early 30s, complained of chest pain. Barui made him lie down and left the room for a few minutes to fetch water. When he returned, Agarwal was back on his feet. He declared he was fit and left at once,” a police officer said.

Soon after, Bidh received an SMS alert that someone was trying to access his account through ATM and had punched in a wrong PIN.

Bidh rushed home to find his wallet, chequebook and wristwatch, which he had left on a table in his room, missing. According to the complaint he lodged with Karaya police station on Wednesday, the wallet contained his PAN card and debit card.

On Wednesday, Bidh received a text message alerting him that Rs 54,000 had been withdrawn from his account. “On checking with the bank, he was told that the money had been withdrawn using a cheque that bore his signature,” said a senior police officer.

Preliminary police investigation suggested that Agarwal forged Bidh’s signature from the PAN card. “We are trying to identify the person from CCTV footage at the bank,” said the officer.

Bail for auto driver

The auto driver who was arrested on Wednesday for assaulting a woman was granted bail on Thursday.

Akhil Jana, 32, was presented before the chief judicial magistrate’s court in Alipore. His lawyer argued that he had acted in self-defence. Police sources said the complainant was not present in court on Thursday.

3 killed in accident

Three died and 36 others were injured after a bus carrying 52 passengers collided with another carrying 63 tourists from Calcutta. The accident took place around 8.30am at Dumbo in the Bharno area of Gumla district.