The burgled house at Azadnagar on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, March 22: Criminals decamped with valuables worth Rs 15 lakh, including a four-wheeler, after breaking open a double-storeyed house at Gulzar Bagh, a residential colony in Sky Touch Enclave in Mango’s Azadnagar police station area.
The burglary was discovered this morning when house owner Arshad Jamil (61), a retired employee of Tata Steel, returned from Delhi. Jamil had gone to the national capital on March 11 to see off his daughter, who left for Germany to pursue higher studies.
A carpenter was detained in connection with the burglary, but was later released.
Around 10.30am today, Jamil and wife returned to find his four-year-old Hyundai Santro missing from the garage. The couple then found the locks on the grille leading to the staircase broken. On reaching the top floor, they found the almirah open.
“Apart from car keys, ornaments and fixed deposit forms have been stolen. A laptop and LCD television also went missing. I have lodged a complaint with Azadnagar police station for burglary of goods worth Rs 15 lakh,” said Jamil.
The owner accused local police of callousness.
“I lodged a complaint around 11am and so far, police officers have not pressed a sniffer dog into service. A few personnel visited my house and left after questioning,” said Jamil.
When asked if he suspected anyone, the owner pointed finger towards a carpenter working at his place since a month. “The manner in which the theft took place makes it clear that someone well aware about the interiors of the house was involved. We located the Mango-based carpenter, Sonu, and took him to the police station. Police detained him for questioning,” said Jamil.
Police, on their part, refuted allegations of callousness and said they had begun investigation in right earnest.
“We have to get the dog squad from police barracks. It will visit the site of crime in the evening. We had detained the carpenter but he failed to reveal much,” said Azadnagar officer-in-charge Dilip Kumar, adding that the detainee had been released.