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Cops quarters burgled, cash & revolver lost

Islampur, May 18: In a burglary that has left North Dinajpur police red-faced, four flats were broken into at the police quarters this morning and the robbers made away with a service revolver of a sub-inspector, ammunition and cash.

The quarters are adjacent to the Chopra police station.

Sources in the police station said the burglars broke in and took away 18 rounds of ammunition and cash worth Rs 34,000. All the four flats allotted to officers were empty at the time. North Dinajpur superintendent of police Shankar Singha has taken up the investigations himself.

The sources said the revolver was taken from the flat occupied by sub-inspector Pankaj Das. The thieves took Rs 19,000 in cash and 18 rounds of ammunition from the flat of assistant sub-inspector Pranab Singha, Rs 5,000 from the flat of sub-inspector Lakshman Pal and Rs 10,000 from the flat of assistant subinspector Humayun Kabir. The cash and items were kept in suitcases.

The sources said the incident occurred most probably between 2am and 3am and those in the other flats in the two-storeyed building said they had not heard anything suspicious.

The sources said that sub-inspector Das has been showcaused by the district police chief. According to government norms, a service revolver has to be deposited with the police station concerned while an officer was not on duty.

The sources said while only two of the officers, Humayun Kabir and Lakshman Pal, were on duty during the theft, investigations were on about the whereabouts of the other two.

The district police chief,who went to the spot to investigate, refused comment on the crime. Singha inspected each flat and engaged policemen in clearing the rubbish that had accumulated around the government quarters, not ruling out the possibility of the burglars abandoning the ammunition there. However, the search drew a blank.

Along with the police superintendent, the district criminal investigation department has also begun simultaneous investigations. They also grilled the four officers whose flats had been broken into.

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