Sonarpur: Local residents of Sonarpur took to protest after a jewellery shop was gang robbed on Sunday. The heist claimed one and three others were injured. The situation remains tense on Tuesday also.
A 24 hour strike was called by the Sonarpur Business Association on Tuesday and normal lives stand disrupted. Shops remain shut across the area.
The locals, demanding security at the area and an immediate arrest of all accused in the case, local traders and residents blocked railway tracks at Sonarpur station and nearby roads for hours on Monday.
They also gheraoed Sonarpur Police Station and stage demonstration there. A heavy police force along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) rushed to the spot and policemen restored to lathicharge to disperse agitators and to bring the situation under control, reports said.
The incident took place on Sunday, when a gang of miscreants broke into the jewellery shop and decamp with cash and jewellery. The owner was shot dead when he tried to stop them while three persons were injured when the gang opened fire before fleeing the spot, police said.
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Deepak Debnath (43) was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared brought dead while three others are receiving treatment, they said, adding two of them are in critical condition. An FIR has been registered and investigation is underway, police said.
Three persons were arrested and produced before Barurpur Court on Monday which remanded them to police custody for 10 days, they said.
A Bangladeshi national, Lablu Sardar, was one of them . A firearm and at least 24 rounds of cartridges were recovered from his possession. After interrogating the man, police on Monday early morning arrested a middle-aged woman, Manjila Khan, and an autorickshaw driver, Atiar Rehman Laskar, from Basanti area in the same district.
Hunt is on to nab the mastermind.