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The victim’s bag was found lying outside a tea estate in the area
The victim’s bag was found lying outside a tea estate in the area|Representational image
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Assam: Snatching cases on the rise in Tinsukia, 3rd in a week

Motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched Rs 8 lakh from local resident, moments after he withdrew the amount from bank and was heading home on his two-wheeler

Rishu Kalantri

Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: Motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched around Rs 8 lakh from a man in upper Assam’s Tinsukia town moments after he withdrew the amount from a bank and was heading home on his two-wheeler on Friday.

The incident, third in less than a week in Tinsukia alone, comes at a time when a businessman’s employee was shot dead by a "group of dacoits" in the neighbouring Dibrugarh district gripping residents of both the districts into fear psychosis, particularly the business community.

According to sources, Surveer Singh, a resident of Rangagora road of Tinsukia, had gone to State Bank of India’s main branch in Tinsukia to withdraw cash from his account. "Shortly after withdrawing around Rs 8 lakh, Singh and his employee were going on their motorcycle when suddenly two motorcycle-borne persons attacked Singh with a sharp weapon and fled with the [money] bag."

"Singh has filed a police complaint with Tinsukia Sadar police station in this regard," sources said, adding that his bag was found near Deohall tea estate. "The employee of the tea estate informed the manager of a bag lying in the garden area after which the manager informed the owner of the bag finding his number in the documents lying inside it," the sources added.

A day prior to the incident, an attempted snatching took place at Chirwapatty and a day before that, miscreants broke the glass window of a car and decamped with Rs 1,90,000.

According to sources, there has been a sudden spike in snatching and dacoity incidents being reported and with very few cases having been cracked so far.