Accused in theft of rare monkeys rearrested

Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: The accused in the theft of rare Brazilian monkeys from the Alipore Zoological Garden last month Rajesh Saikia, who had escaped from police custody, was rearrested near his home at Durg in Chhattisgarh late on Monday night.

According to the Jawed Shamim, Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) of the Kolkata Police, Saikia was arrested close to midnight on Monday at an ATM about a kilometre away from his home at Kudeshwari in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district.

It was expected that he would be brought to Kolkata late on Tuesday evening and produced in court on Wednesday. “The only clue we had in this case was that he [Saikia] did not have any money on him and so will try to contact his family,” said Mr. Shamim. “He was nabbed when he tried to withdraw money from his wife’s ATM card.”Not much has been ascertained about how Saikia was able to give the slip to the two police constables who were escorting him.

“There will be a departmental enquiry into the incident and appropriate action against those responsible will be taken,” Mr. Shamim said.

On August 9, authorities of the Alipore Zoological Garden found eight rare monkeys missing . Three weeks later, the police of Chhattisgarh apprehended Saikia along with seven of the eight missing monkeys at Durg.

A day later, the Kolkata police arrested Saikia’s accomplice, Sujoy Das, from his Dum Dum residence.

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