The Telegraph
Sunday , February 23 , 2014
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Robbery at Palm Avenue

Calcutta, Feb. 22: Two adjacent flats on the same floor of a building at Palm Avenue a few hundred meters from Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s house were burgled this morning, with police suspecting that two local vegetable vendors had been used to avoid suspicion.

A neighbour saw the two women sitting in front of the doors of the empty flats at 7.30am and wondered why their baskets were not full. He had walked up the same stairs half an hour later and found the vegetable sellers were not there. An hour later, when he again passed the same passage, the neighbour noticed that the door locks of the two flats on the first floor were broken.

The families of S.M. Haq, a retired engineer, and Mohammad Abdul Hasim, a development officer in the Basirhat LIC office, are away for the past few days, the police said. Haq, neighbours said, lives in the two-bedroom flat with his wife while their son is studying abroad. Hasim, his wife and daughter live in Basirhat and occasionally come to the Palm Avenue flat.

The unguarded three-storey building inside a residential compound has two flats on each floor.

The police said Haq had informed them that Rs 5,000 in cash and a pair of gold earrings had been stolen from his house. The police are yet to ascertain what was stolen from the other flat.