It reportedly took them just three hours to break into four houses in a posh residential complex in southwest Delhi and flee with cash and valuables worth Rs 15 lakh on Wednesday. The police have, however, refused to acknowledge it and register any case.
Residents of Dwarka's Humsub Apartment Complex in Sector 4 said the burglars had left behind only some silver jewellery, traceable electronic equipment and smashed padlocks on wooden doors of the houses.
Even the building's administration reportedly chose to be indifferent.
“The police haven't registered an FIR and we are yet to hear even from the building's administration,” said Purushottam Savlani (39), the regional manager of a major IT firm whose first floor residence in F block was burgled while he and his wife were away.
“I returned from my office in Gurgaon around 7:45 p.m. to find that someone had broken in through the main door,” said Savlani's wife, Deepika (35), who works as a senior business analyst with an MNC. Purushottam was in Bengaluru.
Deepika said the burglary seemed professionals. “Instead of ransacking the entire house, they chose the only cupboard which held all my valuables. They were also choosy about what they took,” she said.
Savlani said the assailants had made away with an estimated Rs 3.5 lakh in cash and jewellery.
“When I rushed to inform the guard, he told me three other homes had been burgled in the same way during the day.”
The other instances had been reported in the adjacent E block.
“The gang left behind everything that they thought could be used to trace them,” said Anjali Swami (33), a teacher whose fifth floor residence was burgled.
“They made it a point to leave my digital camera, laptop and even silver jewellery behind. They were only interested in my mother's gold jewellery that they took from the cupboard and Rs 4,000 in cash,” she said.
She said valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh were missing from her house where she stays with her younger sister who works as at a research facility.
“In each case, they chose homes with wooden doors. Also, they seemed to be familiar with the routine of the residents. It has to be an inside job,” said Kamna, Swami’s sister.
The other two burgled apartments face each other on the second floor in the same block. Residents of these two homes were not available for comment.
Such incidents in addition to those of snatching seem to have become routine in suburban Dwarka.
On February 22, a retired army official's apartment in Sector 6 was burgled in a similar fashion. Valuables worth Rs 15 lakh and his licensed pistol were stolen while he was in Chandigarh.
Despite repeated attempts, the deputy commissioner of police could not be reached for his comment.