Three men attack employee, loot jewellery shop at Digha
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.