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Fake courier boys rob woman

Two men posing as courier delivery boys forcibly entered a Survey Park flat on Wednesday morning, assaulted a woman alone at home and fled with a gold bangle after she shouted for help.

Police said the men barged into the ground-floor flat around 10.45am and left 15 minutes later. “The four-storeyed building where the flat is located had no guard,” said an officer of Survey Park Police station.

Homemaker Romi Chakraborty told the police that when she opened the door after hearing the bell, the duo identified themselves as delivery boys of a courier firm. As soon as the woman opened the collapsible gate, the men barged in.

“They pushed a piece of cloth into her mouth, pointed a knife at her and asked for the almirah keys. When she refused, one of the men tried to slash her throat. The other was looking for valuables,” said an officer.

The woman mentioned in her complaint that the knife the duo were carrying was blunt. “When the man holding the knife found that the woman had suffered some minor scratches, he rushed to the kitchen in search of a sharper weapon,” the officer said.

“She told us she pulled the piece of cloth from her mouth when the man was in the kitchen, rushed to a window and started screaming.”

Sensing trouble, the duo fled after snatching a gold bangle from the woman. “They had also taken a laptop and cell phone but dropped them in their hurry to leave,” the officer said.

Burgled

The Behala house of an assistant professor of Presidency University was burgled on Wednesday while the residents were away. Police said the teacher, Priyanka Dey, and her parents had left the Roy Bahadur Road home around noon. When Dey’s father returned around 5pm, he found the locks broken and the house ransacked. Police said gold ornaments worth over Rs 2 lakhs, Rs 10,000 in cash, a laptop and three watches were missing.

Loot

A 52-year-old cigarette vendor was robbed of Rs 70,000 by five auto-borne men in a bylane off Gurusaday Road on Tuesday evening.

The men allegedly brandished a razor, prompting Madan Bhattacharya to part with his bag containing cash he had collected from shopkeepers in Ballygunge he supplies cigarettes to.

The victim, however, managed to note down the auto’s registration number, helping police nab three of the attackers within a few hours. The police found out that the auto plies on the Ballygunge-Lohapool route. “We have recovered Rs 25,300 and the razor and seized the auto,” joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.