A day after a house of a medical student was burgled in Bannimantap on Wednesday night, dacoits looted the house of a Commercial Tax Officer on Thursday night. The officer is on a trip to North India with his family. Two elderly women who were staying in the house were made unconscious and were tied before robbing valuables.
According to the police, Sridhar works in the Commercial Tax Office and was a resident of 6th Main Vani Vilas Mohalla (V V Mohalla) near the post office opposite a supermarket. He along with his family had left the city on July 13 to visit tourist destinations in North India.
The officer had requested his mother 69-year-old Vimala and mother-in-law 60-year-old Anasuya to stay at his house till they return from the trip. On Thursday night, Vimala and Anasuya had dinner and went to bed at 10:30 pm.
Burglars entered the house through an open space behind the house (back side of a pizza outlet) and opened the back door. The doors were not latched properly and only one of the locks were in place. Dacoits entered the house and sprayed a chloroform like substance and made them unconscious. They tore the bed sheet and tied the hands and legs of the women and also stuffed cloth pieces into their mouths.
The criminals then opened the shelves and made away with gold ornaments. Jewellery worn by Vimala and Anasuya including bangles, rings and chains were also robbed. The total weight of the gold ornaments stolen is estimated to be over 750 grams. However, the exact figures could be estimated only after Sridhar and family returns from the trip.
In her statement to the police, Anasuya said that they were fast asleep and could not hear any sound. “I woke up at around 4 am and found clothes stuffed into my mouth and my hands and legs were tied. After struggling for almost an hour I managed to free myself and raised an alarm. I found Vimala too tied up and she was unconscious,” she stated.
Hearing loud cries from the house, neighbours rushed to the house and alerted the police. Vimala who was still unconscious in the morning was shifted to a nearby private hospital. Anasuya too was admitted to the hospital as she was not coherent and was yet to regain the senses completely.
A team of forensic experts and dog squad visited the house. The dog squad picked up smell till the Mathrumandali Circle. DCP crime and traffic Rudramuni and VV Puram Inspector Ravi visited the spot.