An incident of dacoity by spraying chloroform in the house of a former Indian Air Force (IAF) jawan at Ichapore in North 24-Parganas led to panic in the area. Police said the dacoits did a recee of the area quite a few times before carrying out the operation. They were well aware of the entrance of the house and when the family members used to go to sleep.
An hour after the former IAF jawan Swarnava Chattopadhyay and other family members of the house went to sleep, the miscreants scaled the boundary wall and entered the house. They spread chloroform in the rooms. So no one had even understood when the miscreants had looted the valuables, including jewellery and cash. The miscreants had locked all the rooms from outside. On Tuesday morning some local people broke open the doors and found all the members lying senseless.
They regained their senses when the neighbours sprinkled water on their faces. The former IAF jawan’s wife Iti Chattopadhyay found her nose ring missing and valuables were strewn all over the floor of the all the rooms. Later, the family members realised that gold jewellery, cash and electronics goods including mobile phones and cameras were stolen from their houses. The police initiated a case but yet to arrest anyone in this connection.
In another incident of dacoity at Malipanchghara in Howrah the miscreants fled with valuables from the shop of a gas distributer. All the miscreants were carrying firearms and they had decamped with Rs 85,000 cash at gun point. They had fled on the motorbike of the manager of the shop. They had fled towards Belur. The police are going through the footages of the surveillance cameras. Police suspect that the accused could be local youth.
Meanwhile, the police foiled the plan of dacoity at Tehatta in Nadia and arrested six persons when they had assembled at a place before committing the crime. A huge cache of arms were recovered from the spot.
Acting on a tip off, policemen from Tehatta police station had been waiting at the spot in plainclothes. They had arrested them as soon as they had gathered in the area. They revealed during interrogation that they were involved in many other incidents of dacoity. Thus the police feel that the six persons can provide information about many other members of their gang and considering the arrest as a major breakthrough.
The miscreants have also revealed the places where they were about to raid last night and it helped the police to know the kind of people they are targeting.