Delhi, 7 Dec: Several valuable items, including idols and “copper Gandhi glasses” gifted by the Prime Minister, were stolen from Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor’s residence in the early hours of November 29.
A case has been registered under IPC section 380/457 (burglary) at Tughlak Road police station after Shashi Tharoor’s complaint.
Several teams of the New Delhi district special staff and the Crime Branch have been formed to chase the robbers.
However, Police is yet to identify the accused.
Tharoor resides in Lodhi Estate in the well-guarded Lutyens’ Zone where Several Members of Parliament and VIPs also resides.
Meanwhile, Tharoor has asked the Delhi Police to increase patrolling around his residence and take strict action against the accused.
As per the Tharoor’s complaint, the thieves jumped the wall of his official residence and sneaked in his personal office after breaking the front door.
“The thieves took an antique Nataraja idol, 12 small Ganesha idols, and 10 small Hanuman idols. Several items were also stolen from inside Tharoor’s temple. Twelve 32 GB pen drives and an internet dongle were also stolen. According to the complaint, Tharoor was given the Gandhi glasses by the PM for his involvement in the Swachh Bharat campaign,” the officer said.
After the incident, Tughlak Road police station officials and the special staff officials reached the spot. “A team visited the spot under the supervision of ACP (Chankyapuri sub-division) Alok Kumar. A forensics team was also called in to lift fingerprints and footprints,” the officer said, adding that Tharoor has specifically requested the police to recover the antique Nataraja idol.
Police informed that investigating officers have been asked by senior officers of the New Delhi district to swiftly track the accused. A special staff team of the New Delhi district has been roped in for this task.
“After registering the case, police have started questioning security guards and drivers working in nearby residences and others living in the vicinity. Prima facie, it appears that the theft could be the handiwork of vagabonds,” the officer said.