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Raid on cop house on wedding day
- Gang of five snatches ornaments worth Rs 1.5 lakh

Balurghat, Feb. 6: A gang of five criminals raided a police constable’s house on his wedding day and took away gold ornaments worth of nearly Rs 1.5 lakh before injuring the bride in an early morning operation.

Sujit Sen, the police constable and son of a businessman, returned to his Uttar Chakbhabani home in town with his newly wed wife Mahua last evening. All the relatives and friends, busy arranging tonight’s marriage reception, went to bed late.

“Around five in the morning, the criminals raided the house and stole gold ornaments from a bag kept near a window. Then they went up to the roof, enter the house down the stairs and snatched the necklace of the bride who was sleeping with her sister-in-law,” Sujit said.

As the women raised the alarm, the criminals pushed Mahua to the ground and injured her on the head. By then, other members of the family arrived at the spot. But before they could react, the gang fled taking the advantage of a dense fog. The bride had to be taken to the district hospital and given three switches.

“My wife, the only daughter, had got a lot of bridal ornaments from her parents. Besides Mahua’s, the jewellery of one of my relatives were also taken away by the gang which would be valued at Rs 1.5 lakh,” Sujit said. He has lodged a complaint with Balurghat police.

Both Sujit and his elder brother, also a constable, are currently posted in Siliguri.

Mahua’s father Ashok Bose, a resident of Abhijatripara and a schoolteacher, was shocked at the incident. “This is unthinkable,” he said.

South Dinajpur district police chief Swapan Banerjee Purnapatra said additional superintendent Imram Wahab has been inquiring into the case. “I am hopeful that the criminals will be caught soon. The vigil has been tightened.”

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