The incident took place at around 12.30 am on Tuesday when Jhantu Haldar, the owner of a mobile shop adjacent to his house at Khardah’s Ajamtala, was about to close his shop. Three armed goons wearing masks barged into his shop and held a gun to his head. “I kept my shop open till late on Monday for the Dhanteras festival. It was around 12. 20 am, when I was about to close my shop, the four masked men brandishing guns rushed to me and shoved me inside the shop. Soon, one of them forced his gun into my mouth and others started looting valuables from my shop. Almost all the expensive cell phones were looted,” Haldar said.
The goons then took Haldar to his residence holding him at the gunpoint and looted all the gold ornaments and cash kept in the locker of an almirah. The robbers also took away a motorbike. When Haldar and his family members tried to raise an alarm, one of the gang members fired at his daughter Riya who had a close shave as the bullet missed her and hit the almirah inside their room.
“When they were taking my expensive bike away parked on barandah, I tried to resist them. Then one of them hit on my head with a revolver butt. Then my family members including my wife and daughter were shouting for help. One of them fired at my daughter who was standing at the doorstep of one of the rooms. As my daughter hid under the bed, the bullet went on hitting an almirah inside the room,” Haldar recalled.
“We are investigating whether some local criminals were involved. The local police stations have also been alerted,” said a senior officer of the Barrackpore commissionerate.