Trinamul MLA’s home office burgled
Unidentified burglars entered the office on the ground floor of the residence of Trinamul MLA Tapas Kumar Saha in Nadia’s Tehatta and decamped with cash and valuables early on Saturday.
Probe revealed Saha, who represents the Palashipara Assembly seat in Nadia, had lost one of the duplicate keys to his office room on Friday, which the burglars apparently used.
The MLA’s home in Koruipara is around 12km from Tehatta police station.
Though the MLA said he couldn’t reveal the quantum of the loss, he told the media: “Ami sarbashanto hoye gechi (I have lost everything).”
Embarrassed district police authorities started a theft case against unidentified persons on the basis of the MLA’s complaint with Tehatta police.
The police detained two persons, including a woman domestic help, to interrogate them for their suspected role.
The burglars had deactivated at least two out of three CCTV cameras before the operation. The police have only got brief footage of one suspected burglar wearing a mask. “This camera also could not provide further detail as the burglar covered it around 2.30am,” a policeman said.
The theft came to the MLA’s notice when he was preparing for a morning walk.
“I found the door of my office room ajar. I entered and to my shock found the room ransacked with almirahs and safes open. Cash and valuable documents inside were missing,” Saha said. “The burglars got keys of the almirah from the drawer and put the keys back in the drawer, which indicates an inside job.”
“I kept everything, including cash and personal papers, in the office. I cannot quote an exact figure (of the loss),” the MLA added.
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