The UT police have recovered articles worth `2 crore stolen from the Sector-7 house of a Punjab IAS officer.
The recovered articles include 1 kg each of gold and silver jewellery, antique currency and expensive watches.
The recovery came following the arrest of the officer’s former driver, Sandeep alias Bunty, 22, and a jeweller on March 20.
In his complaint, IAS officer CS Srivastava had alleged that Sandeep, who worked as a driver for him in 2014, stole gold ornaments and other valuables from his house while he was away to Lucknow from February 26 to March 17.
He alleged that after stealing them, Sandeep sold his belongings to Bikas Polly, 33, a resident of Nayagaon, who ran a jewellery shop in Sector 23. Following the complaint, police had arrest ed both Sandeep and Bikas. The police procured their remand until March 28 and recovered the stolen articles.
Giving details, Chandigarh senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill said the IAS officer belonged to a royal family of Lucknow, and therefore owned a lot of antique currency, besides diamond and gold jewellery.
He said during investigation, Sandeep confessed to have stolen the articles a day after Holi and sold it to the jeweller, who he had met at the IAS officer’s house in the past.
The SSP said while some of the articles were stolen during his various friendly visits to Srivastava’s house, most of them were nicked when the officer was away to Lucknow from February 26 to March 17.
A case under Sections 379 (theft) and 448 (house-trespass) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is already registered at the Sector-11 police station.
12 coins, 1 pendant, 6 rings, 2 gold chains, 1 bracelet, 1 necklace, 3 bangles, 1 set of necklace and earrings
1 white gold and diamond bracelet, 1 gold-diamond wrist watch, 2 diamond pieces, 1 neelam stone, 3 ruby stones, 1 diamond
2 anklets, 8 coins
Watches and accessories
Armani and Rado watches, gold-plated cigarette lighter, gold-plated pen, an LCD, a vacuum cleaner and other valuable accessories.