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Building materials and tools missing

A group of labourers, who had gone home during Tusu break, returned to their work site on Tuesday to find construction materials and equipment worth Rs 1.5 lakh missing from the godown that was put under lock and key.

The locks on the godown, located at the under-construction house belonging to one Noor Ahmed Khan on Road No. 14 in Mango’s Jawaharnagar, were broken.

Besides building materials and iron rods, construction equipment like shovels, spades and crowbars and even wooden doors have been stolen. Police have registered a burglary case after Mohammed Salim, the contractor building the house, filed an FIR.

Salim suspects that the burglary took place in the wee hours of Tuesday. He said that construction was on hold for the past few weeks as the workers had gone home to celebrate Tusu with their families.

“But we kept the building materials, tools and other items in a godown on the premises and even put locks on the door. Some of my men used to visit the godown regularly to see if the materials inside were in place or not. Everything was in order till yesterday (Monday). But when the workers came to the site this morning (Tuesday), they found the godown door open and all items missing,” said Salim, too shocked to believe that even a half-built building was not safe.

Officer-in-charge of Mango police station Himanshu Chandra Majhi said: “We have received a complaint and have started investigations. Such kind of burglary is a first in the city.”

The officer-in-charge went on to add that night patrolling was carried out regularly on the streets, including Road No 14 in Jawaharnagar, but no policeman heard or saw anything strange in the small hours of Tuesday.