Sarlahi, Oct 31-A group of armed dacoits last night looted cash and other valuables worth Rs 1.4 million from 70 houses at Shiva Nagar Basti of Padariya VDC in Sarlahi district. Four locals were injured when the dacoits hit them with batons during the looting spree.
The dacoits blocked all roads to Shiva Nagar Basti, which is 9 km north of the district headquarters Mangalawa, between 11 pm to 3 am, said Satya Narayan Rai, outgoing vice-chairman of the VDC.
Shivaji Baitha, Bhagya Narayan Bharati and Sanjeev Kumar Yadav of Ward No 6 and Shankar Shah Teli of Ward No 9 were injured when the dacoits beat them up with bamboo batons for refusing to give them the keys of cupboards.
Health assistant at the District Health Office, Saroj Kumar Yadav, who reached the place to celebrate Tihar and Chhath Parva, said, “The dacoits took away all the money I had saved from my salary.”
He said the dacoits were masked.
Local youth Rakesh Kumar Bharati said the dacoits had carried axe, khukuri, hammer and other weapons.
SP at the District Police Office, Manohar Rimal, said the locals did not inform the police about the incident on time though telephone service is available in the village.