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Burglars still to be arrested

Police are still to arrest anyone in connection with the Ultadanga burglary and the second person involved in Patuli
Police yet to arrest anyone in connection with the Ultadanga and Patuli burglary case

Our Special Correspondent   |   Calcutta   |   Published 18.11.20, 03:06 AM

A day after two burglaries were reported at Ultadanga and Patuli on Bhai Phonta, police are still to arrest anyone in connection with the Ultadanga burglary and the second person involved in Patuli.

In the burglary at Pratiki Abashan, a housing complex on Ultadanga Main Road, cops have found in the CCTV footage at least two outsiders entering the complex between 1pm and 3pm when the crime is suspected to have been committed, an officer said.

The police are questioning two people working as domestic helps at Swarnendu Das’s flat, which had been targeted, and the elderly guard who was on duty but had taken a break around the time the burglars had struck, the officer said.

“It is apparent that someone who knew the family would be away the entire day and that the guard would be on a lunch break between 1pm and 3pm was involved,” an investigating officer said. “It is surprising that the burglar targeted only the cupboard that had gold jewellery and left the others untouched.” Das was at a relative’s home with his family when his flat was burgled.

Deb Kumar Haldar, who was caught trying to escape from Subhankar Mukherjee’s rented apartment in Patuli with his laptop bag, was produced in court on Tuesday. He has been remanded in police custody till November 23.

The police have established the identity of the other Patuli burglary suspect based on Haldar’s statement. Cops raided his home in Narendrapur on Monday night but he was not there, the police said. Cops are trying to find out if the two have a criminal past.

Mukherjee had returned to his rented apartment in Baghajatin Colony around 3.30pm on Monday to find the collapsible gate in the front broken and two men inside holding his wallet and Rs10,000 in their hands.

One of the men, later identified as Haldar, had his laptop bag and he tried to flee through the door at the back on seeing Mukherjee but he was caught.

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