Cook colludes with criminals and steals valuables and cash worth over Rs 1 crore from city businessman’s residence
Guwahati, August 27: Watch out: the domestic help in your house who is in close proximity with your personal belongings might just vanish one day with all your valuables.
Cracking the biggest theft in the city in recent times, the crime branch of city police busted a gang of criminals who planted one of their accomplices as a domestic help and stole valuables, including diamond jewellery sets, worth over Rs 1 crore from a businessman’s house.
It took just thirteen days for 25–year–old Hiralal Das after being employed by the victim to execute the theft along with his accomplices.
“The businessman (Bharat Kumar Agarwal) did not verify the antecedents of the cook before employing him. The owners did not posses even a photo of Hiralal. We had to start from zero,” additional superintendent of police (crime) Amitava Sinha told The Sentinel.
Hiralal was engaged with the Agarwals by one of their associates who also did not have any details of the antecedents of 25–year–old who hails from Kusheshwar Sthan in Darbhanga (Bihar).
The cook was employed by Agarwal at his Chanakya Path residence on GS Road.
On the night of August 22, Hiralal mixed sleeping tablets with food and served it to the owners.
“The mastermind of the theft was Ajimuddin Ali, a known criminal. We have also arrested three other associates – Pancha Rabha (40) of Goalpara, Arjun Mondal (28) of Darbhanga and Dilip Roy (40), proprietor of HD Jewellers of Fatasil Ambari,” Sinha said.
Pancha Rabha is a professional taxi driver. He and Ajimuddin were waiting near Agarwal’s residence on the night of August 22, waiting for Hiralal’s signal. “Once they (owners) were asleep, Ajimuddin came in. We broke the lockers with an iron rod and stole the jewellery and other valuables. We fled in Pancha Rabha’s taxi that was parked near the house,” Hiralal told police.
The thieves could have escaped had Pancha Rabha not tried to sell his share of the jewellery at HD Jewellers. Pancha Rabha was first to be arrested.
Based on his revelations, Hiralal and Ajimuddin were arrested from a rented accommodation located at Ashram Road at Shantipur. The house is which they were staying had more than twenty occupants – people like daily wage earners. “The owner of the house also did not maintain the details of the tenants. It was a temporary kind of construction,” said a police officer.
Police have conducted raids at several locations and were able to recovered 50 per cent of the stolen goods, which included several jewellery sets.
“We are looking for the rest of the stuff. We suspect there is one more person involved. Hunt is on to trace him,” the ASP said. So, next time you employ a stranger at your home, ensure that you get his antecedents verified. Else, you could be in for trouble.
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