Robbers decamp with jewellery, cash days after warning villagers with posters in UP
Basti: After warning villagers of robbery through posters, the group of robbers allegedly looted jewellery and cash from the house of a woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Basti district.
According to Nirmala Devi, a resident of Odwara Ragadpurwa village, 8-10 men knocked on her door, entered the house and took away her jewellery and Rs 20,000 in cash.
Later, police were informed about the matter and the woman’s son Lalit Mohan filed a complaint about the incident at Munderwa police station.
Police have registered a case under Sections 457 (trespass at night) and 380 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code, said Basti Superintendent of Police (SP) Gopal Krishna Chaudhary.
“The police Circle Officer (CO) and a Special Investigation Team visited the spot and efforts are on to verify the incident as there are some discrepancies in the victim’s allegations,” the SP said.
According to locals, posters were found at two places in Vishunpurwa village of Rudhauli police station area on December 21, which said that some select houses will be looted within ten days. Similar posters were found in Kodri village of Walterganj police station area on December 23 and in Chhapia Lutawan village of Munderwa police station area on December 27.
The posters triggered panic among the villagers, and village security committees and residents started keeping a watch. Police had also held a meeting with village heads. The SP and Assistant SP reached the villages on December 30 and advised people to remain alert.
On December 31, on the complaint of a village head, a case was also registered against unknown people in Rudhauli, Walterganj and Munderwa police stations under Section 505 (statement to create public nuisance) of the IPC, police said.