He had broken into the houses of MPs Manikaro Gavit and Sanjay Raut. Finally the Delhi Police investigations led them to this 28-year-old robber. Identified as Sanjiv Kumar, he had committed these burglaries in the first week of October. Kumar was already in jail for a robbery at another MP’s house in North Avenue.
“This notorious robber used to target MPs’ houses when they were away. There have been various incidents of burglaries in the high security New Delhi area. Kumar was first held for burgling Gavit’s residence, 38-Gurudwara Rakabganj Road,” a senior police officer said. A day after this burglary, a robbery was reported from Raut’s house.
On October 3, Raut’s assistant had filed a complaint with the Parliament Street police station. “Kumar was in judicial custody when we found that he was behind the burglary at Raut’s house too. We have now held him on production warrant to recover the stolen items,” the officer added.
But despite Kumar’s arrest, another burglary was reported from 15, Feroze Shah Road which belongs to Tiruchi Siva, an MP from Tamil Nadu.
The burglars reportedly fled with bathroom fittings. “They climbed the wall when no one was present. We are suspecting Kumar’s friends to be involved in this incident,” the officer added.
While investigating these burglary incidents, police found that most of the accused were drug addicts. “They never target costly items and in majority of cases, bathroom fittings were stolen. They sell these goods to buy their daily dose of drugs,” the officer further said.
However, the police have so far failed to arrest the burglars who broke into the house of renowned classical singer Prof Rita Ganguly in New Delhi and decamped with antiques and mementos.