Two days after a Delhi-based couple alleged theft of their jewellery worth `18 lakh from a room of Hotel Park Plaza in Sector 17, the Chandigarh police on Wednesday questioned the hotel staff and procured the hotel’s CCTV footage.
In his complaint to police, Simranjeet Singh Bakshi, a resident of Rajouri Garden, New Delhi, submitted that he and his wife Surmeet Kaur had come to Chandigarh to attend a wedding at the hotel. He had checked in the hotel in room number 506 on August 14 and stayed there for three days.
The businessman alleged that on August 16, they had to attend a sangeet ceremony and before leaving, asked the housekeeping staff to clean the room. Later, on returning from the ceremony, they found two gold bangles and eight bracelets, including six of gold and two of diamond, worth `18 lakh missing from their room.
Bakshi claimed that though he gave a written complaint to the hotel staff on August 17, they did not act on it. Eventually, they approached police on August 25 with their complaint.
Investigations revealed that the couple did not use the locker provided in the room for keeping valuables. Further, hotel records suggested that the key card allotted to open the hotel room was swiped only by the couple.
Sector 17 SHO Dilsher Singh Chandel said, “A case has been registered. We are questioning the staff for details. We are also scanning the CCTV footage of the hotel, but are yet to get a lead. There was a wedding in the hotel and more than 40 rooms were booked. Many people entered the hotel during those days.”
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), central, Ashish Kapoor said, “We are looking into the complaint. So far, there is no indication of forced entry in the couple’s room.”
Hotel general manager Gaurav Taneja said, “Following the complaint, we have put up signs all over the hotel premises advising customers to take care of their belongings. There are extensive security procedures in place at the hotel. All staff is checked when they enter and exit the hotel. Cash and mobile found in custody of the staff is noted down.”
Commenting on the incident, he added, “The room can be opened only using the key card, and it was used only by the couple. All staff entered the room only when the couple was present. We are carrying out investigations at our own level as well.”