When the Pakistan contingent made their way into the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Oct 3, the loud cheer of welcome that greeted them warmed many hearts. However, the following bit of news may just spoil the surprisingly warm reception our neighbours received.
On Friday morning, while the Pakistan Chef de Mission had breakfast with his team at the Commonwealth Games village, more than R25,000 was stolen from his apartment.
"The incident occurred between 10 and 11 am, when Dr SMA Shah was at breakfast with his team at the Games Village kitchen. He had left R25,000 in the pocket of his jacket, which was hanging behind the main door to his apartment," said a police officer.
On September 28, Hindustan Times had reported about a series of thefts taking place in residential towers located in the Games Village campus. The incidents had prompted Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit to advice foreign delegates and athletes to lock their rooms when they were away.
On Thursday, the police received a complaint from an athlete hailing from St Vincent and the Grenadines alleging that his purse had been stolen while he was practicing at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
"We had expressly told the security supervisor not to allow anyone inside the apartment, unless accompanied by someone from our delegation. This seems to be an inside job," Dr SMA Shah told HT.
"When I returned, the door to my apartment was ajar and the cash in my jacket was gone. This is a stray incident and we do not want it to hamper the excitement of the games," he said.
Sources said three members of the Games Village housekeeping staff had been detained for questioning. Police said a case had been registered. "We have registered a case of theft and are investigating the matter," said Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi Police.