Ujjain : In a daring daylight dacoity, miscreants barged into the house of deputy collector at Indira Nagar, Agar Road on Tuesday afternoon. They held the inmates hostage at gunpoint and looted cash and gold jewellery.
While the residents are still to get over the shock, the daring robbery in a house situated in one of the most prominent areas of the city raised serious questions on the efficacy of policing in the city.
Suraj Nagar, who is an SDM at Nepanagar, was not at home when the looters struck.
At around 2 pm, Ravi Nagar (23), son of the SDM, answered to a knock on the door to find a stranger, who came in blue beaconed vehicle. He first sought help to locate an address in the area. Ravi expressed regret as he was not familiar with the address. As he turned back and tried to close the door, the stranger thrashed him and barged into the house. Four others also entered along with him.
The dacoits were in modern outfit and asked him to open the almirahs in the house. When Ravi refused to cooperate, the robbers roughed him up and threatened him pointing a gun at him. They then asked him to kneel down at a corner of a room in upstairs and pinned him down with his hands tied behind.
Hearing the commotion, Ravi’s mother ran out of the kitchen. But one of the culprits held her by placing a knife at her throat. The miscreants then forced her open the almirah. The robbers took gold necklaces, rings, bangles and cash from the almirah. They also snatched all the ornaments from the lady. Meanwhile other relatives, a cousin of Ravi and her sister were pinned and bounded in hallway by another dacoit. The dacoits tied them with a sari.
After about 20 minutes, they hear some noise from outside and escaped from the spot in a blue beaconed vehicle, Ravi said. During the crime, one of the looters kept watch outside the house. All the men were in the age group of 25 to 30 years, Ravi said.
As soon as the dacoits escaped, the little daughter of Ravi’s sister shouted for help and some children playing outside informed a neighbour and Congress corporator Dilip Parmar, who reached there and rescued the family. They also informed the police about the loot. A team of police from Chimanganj Mandi police station rushed to the spot and started investigation. SP Anurag Kumar also visited the spot in the evening and gave instructions to officers after talking with the victims, neighbours and others.
Forensic experts also arrived at the spot and lifted fingerprints. Chimanganj Mandi police registered the case under section 394, which is a provision for a robbery, while it is very clear from the incident that it was planned dacoity and the dacoits must have received it previously. The incident shocked the neighbours who wondered how the miscreants managed to rob a house on the busy main road.