MPs not safe in Capital as thefts continue unabated in Lutyens’ Delhi

  • Karan Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 13, 2015 01:19 IST

Thieves targeting official bungalows of members of Parliament (MPs) continue to have a free run in high security Lutyens’ Delhi. A spurt in thefts of bathroom fittings, bulbs and other household items has been recently reported from the area and the police so far have not managed to nab the culprits.

The official residence of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay at Maulana Azad Road became the latest target of burglars who committed two thefts in less then 72 hours.

Bandyopadhyay’s bungalow is not too far from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh’s houses. Six MPs have already written to the Delhi Police about repeated episodes of bulbs being stolen from their bungalows, which are believed to be the safest in the city. At the houses of two MPs, the bulb thieves struck twice within a period of 10 days.

The first burglary took place on the intervening night of March 6-7 in which burglars broke the locks of the main door and two more rooms and made away with nine water taps and some utensils.

A similar attempt at theft was made on the evening of March 9. However, the caretaker and other staff of the bungalow caught a thief red-handed. The TMC MP was not present when the two crimes took place. The thief, identified as Sanjiv, was handed over to the local Tughlaq Road police. The police said he was a vagabond.

Meanwhile, the Trinamool MP has raised security concerns over the repeated thefts at his official bungalow. He fears a threat to his life and has been requesting the government to change his accommodation.

“I had requested the government to change my accommodation. I stay alone when I am in Delhi. Had I been at home on that fateful night, I might have been killed as the thieves entered my bedroom,” Bandyopadhyay told HT.

The issue regarding burglary, theft and insecurity of the official residences of MPs at Delhi was also raised in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by another Trinamool MP Kalyan Banerjee.

Mukesh Kumar Meena, joint CP (New Delhi) called Bandyopadhyay and assured him that security in the area around his residence would be beefed up and police patrolling has been increased.

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