Armed dacoity in HSADL scientist’s house at Patel Nagar
BHOPAL: Sunday turned out to be a bloody day with
armed men breaking into the house of a senior scientist at Patel Nagar. They
fled with cash, some foreign exchange and a mobile phone after injuring the
According to sources, around six armed dacoits broke
open central lock of the house belonging to Ashwin Raut, a senior scientist
working with High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), Anand Nagar at
Ishaan Park. The colony has a covered campus with security guard.
Ashwin’s wife Anamika Mishra is also a scientist in
the lab. The couple along with their children, eleven-year-old son and
six-year-old daughter, were sleeping in two rooms on ground floor.
Four of the accused entered inside and searched the
entire house while two kept a watch from outside. Police said, Anamika heard a
sound and she woke up thinking her daughter must have woken up. However, when
she opened her bedroom door, she found four people outside. She immediately
closed the door but, realizing that her children were in next room she called
Ashwin came out of the room and tried to confront the
accused, but was attacked by a rod leading to injuries on his hand by the
accused who tried to flee. When Ashwin tried to chase them, they threatened him
on which he called for help from neighbours. As soon as neighbours woke up and
rushed out the two accused, who were on guard outside alerted their accomplices
Police was later informed and senior officials and
team of FSL and dog squad visited the spot.
Ashwin Raut said accused picked cash from his
daughter's piggybank and wife's purse besides taking away a mobile phone and
few pounds (foreign currency). Couple told they feared for safety of their kids
when accused were around.
Neighbours and security guard of duty saw five accused
fleeing the house. They had covered themselves with blankets, they said. One
person was later caught on suspicion from the campus, but it was not
ascertained whether he was among the accused or not.
The police have registered a case under section 458 of
IPC (lurking house-trespass or house-breaking by night after preparation for
hurt, assault, or wrongful restraint).