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Bhopal City
Armed dacoity in HSADL scientist’s house at Patel Nagar
22-09-2014

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 scientist.

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 her husband.

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 and fled.

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).