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Boss in jail, 'fiery thieves' strike again

After a lull of almost six months, the 'burn-and-burgle' gang is back in business. On Sunday, they targeted the house of a government official in Laxmibai Nagar area in South Delhi.

delhi Updated: Feb 07, 2011 00:52 IST
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After a lull of almost six months, the 'burn-and-burgle' gang is back in business. On Sunday, they targeted the house of a government official in Laxmibai Nagar area in South Delhi.

Although the alleged gang leader, Sanju is in jail, the police believe that the burglary and arson were committed by one of the offshoot gangs started by him. They all have the same kind of modus operandi.

The incident
Police said the incident occurred at 4.15am on Sunday. It was discovered when residents saw smoke coming out of a government quarter in Laxmibai Nagar. "Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it took around 30 minutes to douse the blaze," said a fire brigade officer on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Police said the house belongs to Mamta Shukla, who works with the department of food and public distribution in CGO Complex area.

Police said Shukla, along with her husband Dinesh, had gone to Kanpur. "They had gone to Kanpur two days back to attend a wedding ceremony. Some of the residents in the area saw smoke coming out of the house and informed police and fire brigade," said a senior police officer.

According to police, the family was informed about the incident and are waiting for them to ascertain the exact amount and valuables burgled from the house.

The police have also detained a few youngsters from Pillanji Village area for questioning. They added that in earlier cases, the accused were from the same area and that is the reason the police are not leaving anything to chance.

The officer said a case regarding the incident has been registered. "We have strong reasons to believe that the accused are from the same burn-and- burgle gang headed by Sanju, who is in jail. The modus operandi was same," added the officer.

Who is Sanju?
He is a notorious burglar-cum-arsonist who is involved in more than 1,500 cases of burglary and a 100 cases of arson-cum-burglary in and around Sarojini Nagar area of South Delhi.

The juvenile gang leader targets houses of government officials. Every time he is caught, he challenges the police, saying he would strike again. Not only the police, he has even threatened to burn down the houses of mediapersons who write about him.