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Ventilator gang burgles gold & cash

A gang of burglars broke into the house of a businessman in Bhuiyandih in the small hours of Friday and cleaned out cash and valuables worth nearly Rs 4 lakh.

Family sources said the gang carefully surveyed Krishna Sarkar’s house at Nirmal Nagar in the Sitaramdera police station area and gained access through a ventilator.

They locked the door of the targeted room from outside to ensure that Sarkar and his family members, who were sleeping in another room, did not suspect foul play.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Sarkar, who runs a catering business, said that he and his family members went to bed around 11.30pm on Thursday night. While Sarkar, his wife and parents slept in one room, his two sons — aged 13 and 8 — were sleeping in the room, where a steel almirah was kept.

However, none of them came to know of the break-in till 6am. “The burglars may have spotted the steel almirah in the other room by peeping in through an open window,” Sarkar said.

He added that on waking up in the morning he surprisingly found the room where his sons were sleeping locked from inside and raised an alarm. “I called out to my children, who on waking up found the almirah broken and the room lying in a mess. We then broke open the door of the room with the help of hammers,” Sarkar said.

He said the gang had taken away gold jewellery worth Rs 3 lakh, besides Rs 75,000 in cash that was lying in a suitcase inside the almirah.

Sub-inspector Neeraj Mishra of Sitaramdera police station confirmed the incident and stated that a case had been lodged against unknown persons.

“Initial investigations suggest that the ventilators had enough space for the men to enter and exit the house. But, what surprises us is the stealthy manner in which they carried out the operation,” Mishra said.

Mishra, also the officer in charge of Sitaramdera, added that they had zeroed in on the gang that might have had a role to play.

“We will nab them soon,” he said, adding that they had intensified patrolling in the area.

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