Over the last three weeks, burglars—with the ease with which they have broken into three high-profile, gated and closely monitored localities in East Delhi—have made a mockery of the security.
The security and gentry are the two main reasons why people—mostly senior journalists, diplomats and Supreme Court lawyers—live there.
However, from February 18 till date, burglars have struck with ease and in quick succession at the Samachar Apartments, the IFS Apartments and Supreme Enclave—barely 2 km from Mayur Vihar Phase-I.
So far, the complexes have witnessed ten separate incidents—eight of them within just three hours on Wednesday—in which the burglars made off with goods worth Rs 2.5 lakh.
“I returned around 5:30 pm. The guard told me that six homes were burgled in the morning,” said Anita (40), a resident of IFS Apartments, Block A.
Reportedly, the three homes in D-Block—two of which are adjacent to Vice President of India Hamid Ansari’s residence where his daughter Nooriya Ansari lives—and another two floors below, were among the first to be targeted.
“We believe that all the incidents occurred between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. The locks on the main gates were forced open and the homes ransacked,” said a senior police officer.
Only ten of the total 200 apartments in the posh, gated locality are vacant.
“I learnt later that two apartments in C-block and one in B-block had also been burgled,” added Anita.
Almost simultaneously, two apartments in the adjacent Supreme Enclave were also discovered to have been burgled.
“Two houses, belonging to Ritu Jain, whose husband works for an MNC and the other where Supreme Court advocate Nitin Goel lives, were found to have been broken in around 2:30 pm,” said the officer.
Two flats in Samachar Apartments were burgled in similar fashion on February 18.
“In one incident, the whole door had come off the hinges,” said Subimal Choudhury (63), president, Samachar Apartments.
He said such incidents had become a regular affair here. “One keeps hearing about similar incidents throughout Phase I daily,” he said.
Needless to say, residents are fuming.
“I’m outraged,” exclaimed Rebecca John (45), a resident of D block and a criminal lawyer by profession. “The only reason why people stay here is because of the gentry and the security. I’m angry that such incidents take place despite all the measures taken in the name of security,” she added.
Agreed Anita, “We pay a certain amount for security every month. We aren’t getting anything worth our money,” she said.
“We are examining the CCTV footage from both the localities and have detained suspects. The security guards are being questioned. We have reason to believe that labour renovating the lifts in IFS apartments may be involved in the incidents in one way or another,” added the police officer.
According to police, cases have been registered in eight of the ten cases.