In a major embarrassment to police, jewellery and other valuables were stolen from the official residence of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) in Bihar’s Katihar district, 304 km east of Patna.
The theft was committed on Friday night despite deployment of two policemen to guard the house.
CJM Anil Kumar, who had joined at Katihar on February 18, and his family members were away when the incident took place. The value of stolen articles was yet to be assessed, but Kumar, who returned here on Saturday, said it could be more than Rs 10 lakh.
Taking strong note of the incident, Bihar director general of police (DGP) PK Thakur has directed superintendent of police (SP) of neighbouring Purnia district, Nishant Tiwary, to monitor the investigation in the case. Katihar superintendent of police SM Jain is on leave.
“The two constables, who were deployed at the CJM’s house, have been taken into custody and are being interrogated,” Tiwary said. The police had sought call detail records of the cellphones of the two constables, he said.
Tiwary later told HT that a nine-member team, headed by Katihar assistant superintendent of police Vishal Sharma, had been constituted to investigate the case.
“The police will seek help of forensic experts will be taken and activities of all suspects will be closely watched,” he said.
Earlier, a team, led Katihar subdivisional police officer (SDPO) Lal Babu Yadav, reached at the house of the CJM after the guards informed the police of the theft and found a safe was broken and house had been ransacked.
“We have taken some suspects into custody and interrogating them,”Yadav said.
“Forensic experts from Bhagalpur will be reaching later on Saturday and a dog squad has been pressed into service,” he said.
District and sessions judge Chandrashekhar Jha, who also visited the house of the CJM, said the theft at the house of a judicial officer despite deployment of guards, was a matter of concern.