Three men at­tack em­ployee, loot jew­ellery shop at Digha

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Kr­ishna Jew­ellers was looted on Tues­day.

Three uniden­ti­fied men looted a jew­ellery shop in Chinch­pada area of Digha on Tues­day. While the shop­keeper says that 110 tola of gold was looted, po­lice say the fig­ure is around 25 to­las and that in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred around 4pm at Kr­ishna Jew­ellers. The men seemed to have done a recce of the area and shop and knew that a 21-year-old youth was look­ing af­ter the shop as the owner was away.

Kisan Gu­jar, the shop em­ployee, said: “As I was open­ing the shop in the evening, three peo­ple ar­rived and told me that they wanted to take back the jew­ellery they had mort­gaged. They said they were in a hurry.”

He added, “As soon as I opened the shut­ter, they pushed me in and pulled down the shut­ter from in­side. They at­tacked me with a bucket and a knife.”

One of the ac­cused as­saulted the em­ployee, two looted the jew­ellery. Gu­jar said, “They took away 110 to­las of gold jew­ellery and also cash.”

He said, “There is a closed­cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras in­stalled in the shop. They took away the recorder which had the footage.”

Chan­drakant Katkar, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Ra­bale MIDC po­lice sta­tion, said: “Since the shop owner is not present, the ex­act amount of jew­ellery looted is yet to be as­cer­tained. Prima fa­cie, it ap­pears that 25 to­las of gold may have been taken.”

Shop­keep­ers in the area, mean­while, downed their shut­ters in protest on Wed­nes­day.

Fakruj Singh, a lo­cal shop­keeper, said: “That some­thing like can oc­cur in broad day­light is shock­ing. There seems to be lit­tle se­cu­rity for the busi­ness com­mu­nity here.”

San­tosh Singh, an­other shop­keeper, said: “We called a bandh in our area to­day to send a strong mes­sage to the au­thor­i­ties that they need to up­grade se­cu­rity in our area.”

Shop­keep­ers at Chinch­pada in Digha down shut­ters on Wed­nes­day to protest the rob­bery.

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