Three people, including a woman, were caught on camera leaving a house in DLF City Phase 1 area after stealing goods worth Rs12.5 lakh on Sunday. The daylight robbery happened when the owners were attending a funeral in Delhi.
This is the ninth burglary in upscale localities in less than three months, raising serious concerns about the security in Gurgaon’s gated localities.
Around 12 pm on Sunday, the trio broke into the residence of businessman RK Bhan. The family had gone to attend the last rites of Bhan’s father-in-law, who passed away in Delhi on Saturday evening. However, as several burglaries were reported recently, Bhan came back to Gurgaon and spent the night in the house before leaving for Delhi on Sunday morning.
When his wife Usha Bhan, a teacher, returned to the house on Sunday evening, she found the locks broken and doors open. The thieves had made their way to the cupboard containing valuables. The family suspects that someone known to them has a hand in the theft.
“Someone knew our whereabouts. Also, they knew the place where we kept cash and jewellery and it helped the burglars for sure,” Usha told the police.
RK Bhan often travels to Kashmir for business purposes and Usha teaches in Delhi.
Usha lodged a complaint at DLF Phase 1 police station after which the police registered an FIR against unknown persons under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). She told the police that Rs50,000 cash, Rs12 lakh jewellery (200 grams gold and three diamond rings) were missing from the house.
“An FIR under sections 454 (house-breaking) and 380 (theft) of the IPC has been registered and the investigation is on,” a police spokesperson said.
The police are examining the CCTV camera footage in which three people are seen leaving the house and boarding an autorickshaw.
On Monday, a team of personnel, led by assistant commissioner of police (DLF), Tanya Singh, visited the house and assured them that the accused will be nabbed soon.
Residents of the locality also organised a meeting under the banner of DLF Qutub Enclave Resident’s Welfare Association (RWA) to discuss ways to stop such repeated incidents of theft.
Local councillor Rama Rani Rathi alleged that authorities neglected the safety issues of the area even as burglaries continue unabated.
“It is unfortunate that no one seems to care about the safety of citizens here. This is despite residents paying full maintenance charges to the builder,” she said.