|The broken safe of the jewellery shop in Patna
on Friday. Picture by Ranjeet
Burglars looted a jewellery showroom in Kankerbagh and an IAS officer’s house in Anandpuri on Thursday night, throwing a challenge to police.
The men-in-uniform suspect an insider’s role in the first case in which the shop owner claimed ornaments worth Rs 50 lakh were stolen.
The police suspect that the burglars knew everything about the shop — from its layout to where the jewellery was kept — and had accordingly come fully prepared with hammers and gas cutters to carry out the operation and escape safely.
“Bikram Jewellers near Panch Mandir is a prominent shop shares its back wall with an unoccupied two-room house. The burglars had first climbed a tree to reach the terrace of the adjoining house. Thereafter, they broke open the door to get inside. Then, the gang made a hole in the common wall to enter the shop. They used gas cutters to cut through two iron safes adjacent to the common wall and loot the ornaments worth an estimated Rs 50 lakh. The meticulousness of the entire operation indicates at an insider’s role. An FIR has been lodged and investigations are being conducted. The members of the gang ,” said a police officer at Kankerbagh police station.
Sources said some people had been detained in connection with the case.
“Some people have been detained in the case. We are questioning them. Moreover, we would also question all the employees of the shop separately so that we could gather some clues. The police have some leads in the case and arrests would be made shortly. We are working in the correct direction,” added the officer.
In the second case, burglars broke into retired IAS officer Akhouri Abhimanyu Prasad’s Anandpuri house and fled with cash and valuables worth around Rs 3 lakh.
“Prasad’s wife is admitted in hospital. So the family was not home at the time of the burglary. The Prasads stay on the ground floor, while the first floor is rented out. The burglars broke the lock on the main door to gain entry before taking away whatever they could find,” said an officer at SK Puri police station. Probe is on.
Sources said sudden spurt in such burglaries were alarming.
“It could be that members of some gang have been released from jail and they are back to their old ways. The police are looking at every aspect of the incident and would solve the case soon,” said an officer at SK Puri police station.