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Dacoits beat woman, bag booty

An armed gang of five broke into the house of a businessman in Jugsalai, slapped his wife and cleaned out cash and gold together worth over Rs 50,000 in the small hours of Monday.

Police have registered a case of dacoity against the unidentified quintet based on the FIR lodged by Rashmi Sinha (30), the wife of Rajiv Sinha who was out of station at the time of the incident at their Shiv Ghat area home.

According to Rashmi, the break-in took place around 2.30am when she was sleeping with her two sons, the elder one only seven years old. The gang apparently opened the lock to the grilled veranda at the back of the house and broke open the door to enter the house.

The homemaker said she could not nail the exact time of intrusion because the drone of the cooler had drowned every other noise. She snapped out of her slumber only when one of the criminals slapped her on the cheek, causing injury to her left eye, to ask where all the cash was.

“I was terrified and pointed to a box where I kept money, but they insisted that I give them the keys to the almirah. Before I could say anything, one of them tugged at my ears and took off the rings I was wearing. The gang turned to the box after that and cleaned it out,” Rashmi recalled, adding that her husband who ran a business of interior decoration was out of town.

While the dacoits were busy amassing their booty, the clever woman dashed to the veranda and screamed for help. This unnerved the gang who fled with much less than they probably had planned for.

Rashmi told the police that the room was dark and she could only make out silhouettes. “There were five intruders. Their faces were partly covered. Two were holding sticks and a third was armed with a boulder. I was threatened with the boulder. One of the men even slapped my elder son when I started crying in fear,” she said.

More than three hours after the gang made good their escape, the shocked woman mustered courage to step out of home. She reached Jugsalai police station and lodged her complaint.

Officer-in-charge Ashok Giri confirmed that a case of dacoity had been lodged. “A gang of five had entered the Shiv Ghat colony house. We have registered a case and begun investigations. The criminals will be held soon,” he added.


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