Jewellery shop robbed

Five armed men flee with 9kg gold and Rs 4 lakh

  • Published 10.09.18

(From top) Cops inside the jewellery shop in the Durgapur station area on Sunday and a crowd of onlookers. Pictures by Arup Sarkar

Durgapur: Five armed men raided a jewellery shop on Sunday afternoon and fled with gold ornaments and cash worth around Rs 2.7 crore.

The robbers took away the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the shop, police said.

The men arrived at Guinea Gold Jewellers Pvt Ltd in the market in the Durgapur station area in a white vehicle around 2.20pm.

Three of them entered the shop posing as customers while two stood outside beside the armed guard, the police said.

There were five employees in the shop when the robbers struck. "They asked us to show gold earrings and necklaces. We did not notice anything wrong in their behaviour," an employee said. "All were in their mid-30s and spoke Hindi and Bengali."

The two waiting outside entered the shop within minutes holding the guard at gunpoint. As soon as they entered the shop, the other three whipped out pistols and asked the employees to hand over all gold ornaments and not to raise the alarm, the police said.

"We were scared... we had to let them take away the ornaments and money," Kunal Sutradhar, the manager of the shop, said. "Our initial estimates say we lost 9kg gold and Rs 4 lakh."

The men left in the vehicle towards Muchipara after about 15 minutes. As soon as they left, Sutradhar alerted the police.

A police team led by deputy commissioner of police, east, Abhishek Modi reached within minutes.

The police later seized a white abandoned Bolero along NH2 in Asansol. A pistol was found inside the vehicle.

"We are investigating if the men had travelled in the vehicle. We have alerted police stations in Asansol and Durgapur as well as those near the Jharkhand border," Modi said.