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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Rs. 1 crore recovered from thieves not mine: Giriraj

HT Correspondent and Agencies  Patna, July 09, 2014
First Published: 13:06 IST(9/7/2014) | Last Updated: 19:46 IST(9/7/2014)

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader from Bihar Giriraj Singh has said the cash recovered from four men arrested after they burgled his house in Patna does not belong to him.

The fifty-year-old member of Parliament had raised a storm during the 2014 general elections campaign by saying that those who did not support Narendra Modi should move to Pakistan.

"It is a political conspiracy," Singh said to reporters on Tuesday night.

The four men were arrested on Tuesday and Rs. 1.14 crore, $600, gold and silver jewellery and six luxury watches were recovered that were stolen from Singh's Shivam Apartment flat on Boring Road under SK Puri police station, police said.

According to the Indian Express, Singh mentioned only a small fraction of the sum recovered and "some jewellery" as having been stolen while reporting the theft to the police on Monday.

"Though the MP had not mentioned that this much amount was stolen from his house, the arrested thief Dinesh said the money and goods were stolen from the MP's house," Express quoted Patna special superintendent of police Manu Maharaj as saying.

The four accused including the Nawada MP's bodyguard, domestic servant, apartment security guard and another accomplice entered his flat on Monday when he was away in Delhi, they said.

"It was a well planned theft. The arrested persons had inside knowledge about the valuables kept in the MP's flat. They broke the locks, collected everything in four suitcases and decamped with the booty. They had even hired an auto-rickshaw to take the stolen goods," Maharaj said.

Maharaj had constituted a special investigation team to catch those involved and monitored the progress. All important roads of Patna were kept under surveillance.

Police on Tuesday got information about a person travelling with four suitcases from Gandhi Maidan area in the city to Sultanganj in suspicious condition, Maharaj said.

The accused, who was trying to escape to Hajipur to evade arrest, was apprehended and nabbed by police and all valuables stolen from the MP's flat were recovered from him, Maharaj said adding, based on his confession the others were caught soon after.

Police said the total recovery comprising the valuables and the cash is around Rs. 2 crore.

The Income Tax department has started an inquiry into the recovery.

(With PTI inputs)


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