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‘Clients’ rob, strip agent

An insurance agent has allegedly been robbed, stripped, photographed and blackmailed to pay Rs 20 lakh after he landed in a potential client’s north Calcutta home.

Complainant Ananda Roy, 38, had met the accused a few months ago at his Sodepur office.

“Two men came to my office seeking details about an insurance policy. They had introduced themselves as BPO employees. They took my number and kept in touch, speaking mostly about various policies. On Sunday afternoon, one of them called and asked if I could visit his home in Dum Dum to finalise a policy,” said Roy, a resident of Khardah, about 20km from Calcutta.

At least six-seven men allegedly overpowered Roy the moment he stepped into a first-floor room of a two-storey house on Dum Dum Road.

He said they took away the rings from his fingers and the wallet.

“They took out my credit card and asked me at knifepoint for the PIN. I gave them a wrong PIN. Three of them held me down while the others went out with the credit card. They returned in half an hour and threatened me to give the correct PIN.”

“Before they could snatch my debit card, I broke it into two halves. This triggered a volley of kicks and slaps. One of them burned my face with a lit cigarette,” Roy said in his police complaint.

He said the assailants, all between 25 and 28 years of age, ordered him to call his family and ask for Rs 20 lakh.

Roy told them that he had no one in his family and he would not be able to pay a single rupee unless released.

“They apparently believed the insurance agent. But before letting him go, they stripped him and took photographs. They threatened to post his naked pictures on the Internet if he did not keep his promise of paying Rs 50,000 on Monday and at least Rs 5 lakh within a month,” said an officer of Sinthi police station.

“According to the complainant, the men said they could go to the police and report a case of sodomy against him by showing the photographs, if he fails to pay up.”

Roy was let off at Dum Dum railway station late on Sunday and he lodged a complaint with Sinthi police station the next day. The men had taken the room on rent for a “physiotherapy centre”. “Their names do not match with the details they had submitted to the landlord,” the officer added.

Death on tracks

A 48-year-old man was run over by a local train near Bandel station on Monday evening while he was crossing the tracks.

Police said Jahabir Sau, a resident of Balikata in Bandel, was trying to cross the tracks at 8.30pm when the Bandel-bound train from Howrah was approaching the station. Sau was taken to Chinsurah Imambara Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.