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House robbed, 3 attacked

Siliguri, March 2: A gang of at least six robbers broke into a house at Thiknikata near here last night and took away cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 70,000 after attacking three members of the family with wooden planks.

Tapan Pal, a private ambulance service provider, his wife and mother have been admitted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital with head injuries. The robbers spared Pal’s seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.

Pal, 40, said the robbers broke open the padlock on the grille of his single-storied house near the NBMCH and entered inside. “We were in deep sleep when the robbers barged into the house around 1.30am. They were speaking in Hindi and holding sharp weapons and wooden planks. We pleaded with them not to attack us and said we would hand over whatever valuables we had. Although we gave them around Rs 30,000 and gold ornaments, they attacked me, my wife and mother and ransacked the house for 30 minutes,” Pal said from the hospital bed.

As the robbers left, Tapan called up a relative who came and admitted the three injured persons to the hospital.

The Siliguri police commissioner, Jag Mohan, said: “Based on preliminary investigation, we have come to know that a gang of robbers barged into a house and attacked three adults before fleeing with cash and valuables. Matigara police registered a case. We are trying to identify and catch the robbers.”