Unidentified miscreants decamped with valuables from the residence of a businessman in Howrah early on Wednesday morning.
Police said the share trader Anup Chowdhury claimed that the miscreants fled with jewellery worth around Rs 6 lakh, three mobile phones and cash.
Chowdhury told police that he had opened the main door of the house as the domestic help comes early in the morning everyday and went to sleep again.
Knowing well that he leaves the door open early in the morning, the miscreants entered the house silently. They locked doors of all the rooms from outside and went to the first floor of the house where they broke open a cupboard and took away the jewellery and cash.
Realising that something was going wrong, Chowdhury woke up but failed to come out of his bedroom as it was locked from outside.
Hearing Chowdhury screaming to attract his neighbours, the miscreants came to the first floor and threatened Chowdhury with dire consequences. As told to the police, the miscreants didn’t open the door of the businessman’s room and threatened from outside saying that they were carrying firearms and they would kill him if he shouts.
They took around 10 to 15 minutes to decamp with valuables from his house. Apprehending that the miscreants might attack him, Chowdhury remained seated inside his room for sometime before contacting his neighbours over phone. His neighbours rushed to his house soon after getting the information and opened the doors.
After getting information, policemen from Howrah police station went to his house and initiated a probe in this connection.
A police officer said a milkman also used to come to the house at that time. “Someone who is well known to Chodhury and his family members were behind the crime and we would question the maidservant and the milkman,” said the police officer, adding that fingerprint experts have also collected samples.