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Rs 30 lakh looted from doc's home

The doctor's house on Thawe Road in Gopalganj on Thursday. Picture by Rajesh Kumar

Patna: In one of the biggest robberies in north Bihar, a group of armed criminals looted cash and valuables worth over Rs 30 lakh from the house of a noted doctor in Gopalganj district, around 210km northwest of Patna late on Wednesday night.

The victim, Alok Kumar Suman, who runs a nursing home on Thawe Road, told the police that the robbers entered the double-storied house around midnight by scaling the boundary wall and held the guard hostage at gunpoint. Later they ransacked all the rooms and almirahs.

"The robbers, aged between 20 and 30 years, locked all the family members in a room and collected Rs 6 lakh cash, gold jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh and other valuables. They also took away his licenced gun," a police officer deputed at the Gopalganj police station quoted the surgeon as saying.

The robbers, said to be 10 in number, spent more than three hours in the house. They asked the women to part with their ornament and assaulted them when they tried to resist. The women handed over their ornaments to the dacoits, said the police officer.

Alok said: "They (robbers) hit the people with the arms that they were carrying and robbed everything in my house at gunpoint. They didn't spare my brother Aman Kumar, who was also present in the house at the time of the incident."

The doctor's family members raised an alarm only after the criminals had left the spot. "The robbers used a tape to shut the mouth of the inmates of the house. The operation lasted for over three hours. Each and every corner of the house was searched by the robbers," said the surgeon.

As the news spread in the town, a number of medical practitioners reached Alok's house early in the morning. They decided to abstain from duty on Thursday to protest the incident. The doctors threatened to intensify their agitation if the culprits were not arrested soon.

The station house officer (SHO) of Gopalganj Town police station, Sanjay Kumar, said the CCTV footage has been obtained from the victim's house and raids were underway to nab the robbers. A snigger dog was also pressed into service to get a clue in the case, he added.

Health minister Mangal Pandey who was in town later visited the doctor's house and issued instructions to the senior police officers to recover the looted articles and arrest the robbers. "The SP is personally monitoring the case," Pandey said.

The police have failed to make any breakthrough in the case so far. "Vehicle checking drive has been launched at sensitive points of the district to trace the robbers. The police have taken the incident as a challenge and will solve the case at the earliest," Gopalganj superintendent of police Rasheed Zaman said.

The SP said a special investigation team comprising the SHOs of three neighbouring police stations and a deputy superintendent of police has been set up to crack the case.

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