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Miscreants Rob Retired Rail Safety Officer's House In Kalyani

2015-04-02 15:32


Kalyani, April 2: Armed miscreants barged into the house of a 93 – year old retired deputy commissioner of Railways Safety commission during the wee hours of Thursday morning in Kalyani by breaking open a window and decamped with cash, jewelries and other valuables worth about Rupees four lakhs. The miscreants also beaten up his 85-year old wife after she raised an alarm while they trying to escape.

The incident occurred when the old retired railways officer Dhirendra Nath Dutta Choudhury was sleeping at his residence located in Kalyani A-11 block. Later in the morning Dutt Choudhury, called the neighbors later, who informed the police.

Kalyani police has initiated investigation into the incident. Senior police officers inspected the scene of crime and are on the lookout for the assailants.

The police, however, blamed the couple and their children for not ‘appraising’ police about the ‘helpless’ stay in the town.

Superintendant of police Nadia, Arnab Ghosh said: “The Kalyani police with the help of Kalyani Municipality have introduced a noble project titled ‘Sahay’ to help the elderly couple, particularly whose children do not stay in the town. However, I have found that this couple did not register their names and their phone numbers under this project. Under this project, the Kalyani police team as part of its civic responsibility extends support and takes care of the elderly couples in the town. The Sahay project was widely publicized in the town, but the couple’s children did not bother to enroll their parents under it. Moreover, they also did not submit the identity of their two domestic help who work at their house”.

“Not just this couple, there are many such in the town who have been staying at risk as they have no one to look after. Police, have come up to support them. But, there is no taker. We appealed repeatedly as we often found elderly couple dead without care. We also told them to register the SAHAY helpline number under speed dial of the cell phone, but none cares our appeal”, Ghosh laments.

“We, however, assured them that the thieves will be caught soon”, the SP said.

The incident, however, raised question about the safety of the elderly citizens in the town, which is being envisaged as one of the ‘smart city’ in the state.

Monica Dutta Choudhury, who is in a state of shock, said: “The miscreants took long time to remove the iron grille from the window frames. They sprayed some chemical which made us unconscious. I woke up at around 3.30 Am since we went bed early on Wednesday night. I saw four persons, sporting black shirts and trousers, and their faces masked. When I tried to prevent them from fleeing, one of them slapped me and pushed me down, so I raised alarm”.

The couple’s younger daughter T.Srivastava, a principal at an English medium school in Calcutta said: “It is really shocking to that there is no security of the elderly citizens in Kalyani town. This is the second incident when, miscreants attacked my parents and fled with cash and valuables”.

“The masked gang managed to yank one gold chain, a pearl set, two cell phones and other jewelries apart from cash which were kept in a bag after assaulting my mother”, she said.

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