Multi-crore robbery rocks DLF Magnolias in Gurgaon

  • Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2016 11:27 IST
DLF Magnolias, the upscale gated locality in DLF Phase-5, is known for being one of the safest places in Gurgaon (Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

A 21-year-old cook allegedly fled with valuables worth crores in a Jaguar luxury car after drugging the domestic help when the owners of the house were away on Saturday evening. The robbery took place at DLF Magnolias, the upscale gated locality inside the Golf Course in DLF Phase-5, which is known for being one of the safest places in Gurgaon.

The cook, identified as Shanker, was hired a month ago. No police verification was carried out as he was referred by the family’s former cook Suraj.

Suraj had quit in February saying that he had to urgently visit his ailing mother in Nepal. However, the police have found that he never went home. Instead, he was working in another DLF apartment complex, The Belaire, on the Golf Course Road.

Anil Rana, the owner of the apartment, is in Australia on a business trip. At the time of the robbery, his wife Sheetal and two children were in the city but not in the house.

Sheetal told HT that she had left the apartment at 10.30am and was to return at 2.30pm, before the children came from school. “I was, however, invited for lunch by my sister so I went to Nirvana Country in Sector 50 and asked the driver to bring the children there.”

Shanker offered buttermilk laced with sedatives to 55-year-old Shanti Devi, who has been working as a domestic help with the Ranas for the past 12 years.

“Our driver Shiv Kumar tried waking up Devi but she did not get up. Since she was throwing up, Kumar thought she was unwell and went to get the children,” said MS Rana, Sheetal’s father-in-law.

After the children reached home, Shanker offered them buttermilk laced with sedatives, which they refused. Kumar then dropped the kids at Nirvana and returned home around 6.30pm. He immediately called Sheetal and told her that the Jaguar was missing from parking area.

Sheetal rushed home and found Devi unconscious. She rushed to her room and found all the almirahs were broke open. “I immediately informed my father and called the police,” said Sheetal.

The accused managed to break open the locker as he was carrying tools. “He entered the room through the sliding door and then broke open the dressing room. He was well aware of the lockers and the almirahs,” said Subhash Dhingra, Sheetal’s father.

ACP (DLF) Ramesh Pal said, “Our teams are investigating the incident. We have the finger prints of the accused. We have also taken the call detail reports (CDR) and this will lead to his early arrest. The former cook, Kumar, is absconding. It was their plan to target the house.”

A DLF senior official said they are cooperating with police. “We are aware of the incident. The cook was employed by the resident. The car had RFID tag for security and the cook knew driving. The case was reported to us at 7.45 pm. The matter is under probe. The condominium management has provided CCTV footage to investigating officials,” Sudhanshu Bhushan, executive vice-president of Operations, DLF Home Developers Ltd.

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