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Since 1st March, 1999
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Dropout and duo held for chain theft

Three persons, including a Class IX dropout, were arrested on Tuesday in Taltala for robbing a businessman at gunpoint. In another incident at New Market, police discovered a child’s role in burgling goods worth Rs 5 lakh from a camera shop.

The first robbery took place on Sunday afternoon. The three youths snatched a gold chain from Praveen Kothari, an electronics showroom-owner, at gunpoint. “The businessman had come to the area to collect money from his clients. He was walking down Taltala Lane. The trio managed to flee after robbing him,” said a Taltala police officer.

A hunt was launched and the three youths, identified as Pulakesh Chowdhury, Vicky Das and Mohammad Shakil, were rounded up. “Pulakesh, 19, is a dropout employed as a salesman in a private firm. Vicky works in an advertising agency and Shakil in a meat-shop,” police said.

In the second robbery, the owner of a camera showroom on Lindsay Street opened shop on Tuesday morning to find empty showcases. Officials of New Market police station investigating the case discovered a small opening in the rear wall of the shop. “There was a ventilator which the miscreants broke open. But the gap was not large enough for an adult to slide through,” said an officer. Police suspect the miscreants sent a child through the gap to burgle the shop.

“Whoever entered the shop was aware of the value of the articles in the showcases. The shop-owner said cameras and electronic gadgets were taken away,” said the official. No arrests were made till Tuesday night.

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