Finally after 10 days since valuable heritage furniture went missing from the Le Corbusier Centre in Sector 19, Chandigarh police have registered a case of theft.
The case has been registered under section 380 (theft in dwelling house) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Sector 19 police station against unidentified persons on complaint filed by Deepika Gandhi, director of the centre.
As per the complaint submitted to police, furniture—eight cushioned V-chairs and two tables — worth several lakhs of rupees in the international market went missing from the centre on the intervening night of September 23 and September 24.
The incident came to light after 37-year-old home guard volunteer Mohan Joshi, who was working as security guard at the centre, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in the forest area of Manimajra. In his suicide note, Joshi had alleged that he was being harassed by the police as the latter accused him of the theft.
The family members of Joshi staged a protest by placing his body outside the Sector 19 police station, alleging that the police and the director of the Le Corbusier Centre were harassing him by trying to falsely implicate him in the theft case. Subsequently, UT adviser Vijay Kumar Dev ordered a magisterial probe into the case.