Armed dacoits broke into a businessman’s house in Padmavati Vihar and decamped with Rs12 lakh in cash and also gold ornaments after terrorising the family members late on Thursday night.
The ordeal continued for about 30 minutes during which Suchitra Sahu, wife of businessman Jiban Ballav Sahu, was also assaulted. Her two kids were witness to the incident. Jiban was away at Bengaluru when the incident took place. Padmavati Vihar is located a few hundred metres from Damana Square and comes under Chandrasekharpur Police limits.
Preliminary investigation said the dacoits broke open the iron grill from the rear side of the house to enter it. They first entered an unoccupied bedroom and upon not finding anything precious, proceeded to the other room where all the family members were sleeping since Jiban’s father was ailing.
They woke up Suchitra and asked her to hand over all the jewellery and cash. When she tried to resist, they assaulted her and robbed her ornaments. They also did not spare the old man and asked Suchitra to keep her children calm. Then the dacoits broke open the almirah where about `12 lakh cash was kept for payment in business transactions. They also took whatever ornaments they could lay their hands on.
Once they were gone, Jiban’s six-year old son called the Police Control Room. A PCR van, with officers from Chandrasekharpur Police Station, arrived within 15 minutes of the call, but by then, it was all over.
A scientific team reached the crime scene. No one has been arrested till now.
The Capital City, over the last few months, has been rocked by a spree of crimes.
Last week, burglars had broken into a Secretariat employee’s house in Unit III and decamped with gold and cash taking advantage of the family’s absence.