Three weeks after they literally stripped him – both of his valuables and otherwise after waylaying and abducting him in a moving vehicle — destiny brought him face-to-face with a gang of four robbers yet again; however this time, at a temple.
By Monday morning, however, the tables had turned dramatically; and all he needed to do was quietly whisper in the ears of a beat constable, deputed to manage a throng of devotees at the Kali Mandir at Mandir Marg, to nail them.
Ravi Chanderen, whose mother is a staffer at Union Environment and Forests Minister Jayanti Natarajan’s government-allotted residence, was walking to the Brahmaputra Apartments near Bangla Sahib Road when he had been robbed on the night of March 19.
“Chanderan had gone to see a relative off at the station and decided to walk a bit before hiring an auto rickshaw,” said a senior police officer.
“When he had reached the Bangla Sahib Road minutes later, four men in a maroon WagonR pulled him inside, thrashed him and stripped him of his party shirt, Rs 400 and his mobile phone before throwing him on the street in his undergarments.”
A case had been registered at the Mandir Marg Police Station and given the seemingly small loss he had suffered, Chanderan, police said, had decided to move on till he saw two of the assailants standing outside a temple that he happened to be offering prayers in around 11 am.
Sumit and Vipin, both 20 years old and residents of the neighbouring Palika Dham area, had just stepped out for tea when a police team, at Chanderen’s instance, nabbed them.
“Their questioning then led us to their associates Sunil and Neeraj. All four, ironically, are class IV government employees. The vehicle used in the crime used to be attached to a television news channel earlier,” the officer added.