In a daring dacoity on Thursday afternoon, ten miscreants stormed into the house of Shashi Agrawal at Lohia Nagar under Patrakar Nagar police station area and looted Rs60,000 and jewellery worth around Rs3 lakh after making six inmates captive. Shashi is the brother-in-law of ADG (crime branch) in Odisha, Sunil Roy.
Agarwal, the owner of a two-storey palatial house, has coal business in Guwahati. “The miscreants entered the house by breaking open the three locks of the front gate on the ground floor. Two of the domestic helps were sleeping on the ground floor and I was sleeping in a room with my wife Khushboo Jain and son Priyanshu (18),” Shashi told TOI.
He said eight of the 10 miscreants were in 20-22 age group and two were in their 30s. They were conversing in English and Hindi. “After tying the two servants with ropes and locking them in a room, they went to the first floor. They were not carrying any firearms. Instead, they were flaunting knives and iron rods. They locked our third domestic help in a room and then tied three of us in a separate room. My wife is on pacemaker and she started having breathing problem due to exhaustion. One of the miscreants offered her water and then took the keys from her. They destroyed all the mobile phones. They took away cash and gold and diamond jewellery. Some of those were gifted by relatives on my wife’s birthday last year,” Shashi said.
Patna SSP Jitender Rana said, “It is indeed a daring incident and it appears a new criminals’ group has become active as they were also conversing in English. Earlier, we had arrested two-three groups of miscreants in dacoity cases. They were young and enrolled in some local coaching institutes. We also can’t rule out the possibility that a few of the arrested criminals might have been released from jail and they were committing crime again.”