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Five held for drugging and robbing family

Guwahati, Aug. 27: Police have arrested five persons in connection with a drug and rob case in Bhangagarh here.

Senior superintendent of police (city) Anand Prakash Tiwari today said among those arrested was Hiralal Das, 25, a cook who worked in the victims’ house.

Tiwari said Das allegedly drugged his employers and fled with valuables worth around Rs 1 crore on the night of August 22. He said two others, Pancha Rabha, 40, and Arjun Mondal, 28, who helped Das commit the crime have also been arrested.

Dilip Roy, 40, proprietor of HD Jewellers at Fatasil Ambari here and Ajimuddin Ali, 34, a resident of Bongaigaon, have been arrested on charges of buying the stolen items, the SSP said. “We have recovered almost 90 per cent of the stolen items, including the ornaments. We are now trying to arrest another accused, who is absconding,” he said.

Hiralal, who was appointed cook by Bharat Kumar Agarwal 13 days ago, had allegedly laced the dinner with sedatives and after having the food, Agarwal, his wife and daughter fell unconscious.

“Hiralal then called Rabha and Mondal and escaped with the valuables,” he said. A case was registered at Bhangagarh police station.

Tiwari said the police had to face problems tracking down the culprits since the family did not have much detail about their cook. “I appeal to the people to verify the character antecedents before employing anyone as domestic help, cook or driver and also keep their full address and a photograph with them as it will help the police track them down if they commit any crime,” he said.

Tiwari also said city police launched a drive yesterday to round up criminals involved in crime against property. “Several repeat offenders have been apprehended during the drive from different parts of the city,” the SSP said.