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Robbery in high security zone

By Our Special Correspondent

GUWAHATI, JUNE 5. A six-member gang of robbers broke into the house of a State Bank of India manager and looted jewellery and cash near the residence of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, at Sarumataria here early on Friday.

The dacoits had sharp weapons and tied Likhan Rajkonwar, the house owner, his wife and his 70-year-old mother and ransacked the house for about two hours before decamping with the loot.

"It is really surprising that miscreants can move about freely in a high security zone like that of the residence of none other than country's Prime Minister," said Rajkonwar who is the Manager, Technology Development of the SBI, Shillong. The Nandan Nagar area of Sarumataria was converted into a high security zone and patrolling was intensified immediately after Dr. Singh was elected Prime Minister. The house became the permanent address of Dr. Singh after he was given the house for rent by the former Assam Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia in 1991 when he persuaded Dr. Singh to contest the Rajya Sabha election from the State.

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