A senior government official's vacant residence was burgled before being set ablaze by unidentified assailants in northwest Delhi on Saturday night.
According to police, the incident — which comes two weeks after the juvenile leader of the infamous 'Burn and Burgle' gang made his sixth escape from an observation home in northwest Delhi's Mukherjee Nagar on May 16 — was reported from Abha Topo's Bharat Nagar residence at 12:45 am.
“Abha and her husband, Ashit were away when the incident occurred. They reported it after discovering that the lock on their main door had been broken and the house ransacked,” said B.S Jaiswal, Additional DCP (northwest).
Abha Topo works as head of the video conferencing unit at the Tis Hazari District Courts Complex in north Delhi.
“The modus operandi is identical to that of the juvenile gang that mainly targets government officials' homes in south Delhi,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.
Police said the assailants gained access to the Topo residence by breaking in through the front door, ransacked it and fled after setting fire to a bed and a sofa in the living room.
The assailants fled with a laptop in addition to Rs 7000 in cash and silver and gold ornaments, police said.
“A team from the northwest district has been dispatched to the Sarojini Nagar Police Station to ascertain whether the pattern of this particular case is in congruence with that of the juvenile gang's modus operandi,” said the officer.
The juvenile leader of the 'Burn and Burgle' gang — who is speculated to be behind more than 100 cases of arson-cum-burglary in and around south Delhi's Sarojini Nagar — is also known for the unrestrained rebuke that he characteristically spews at officers every time he is apprehended.
“When ever he escapes and is caught, he says that he will be back on the streets again," said a senior officer from the south district.