A ‘priest’ Ravi Pujari (33) of Kalka was arrested by the Panchkula police on Sunday in connection with a burglary. Chandigarh Police are linking Pujari with two high-profile burglaries in the city— theft of valuables worth Rs 35-lakh from a Sector 18 house of an ex-bureaucrat and Rs 50-lakh jewellery from a businessman’s house in Sector 36.
Ravi Pujari was said to be the caretaker and priest of a temple in Kalka.
Police claimed Pujari used to target big houses in the wee hours, at times even when the family members were inside. The Chandigarh Police’s crime branch is planning to procure his production warrant with regard to the burglaries in the city and recovering the stolen articles. The crime branch had identified him and were looking for him.
How was he nabbed?
The Panchkula police were looking for him in connection with Rs 3-lakh burglary case registered at Sector 5 police station.
He was nabbed from Pinjore when he was on his way to Kalka. To avoid his arrest, Pujari reportedly tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself with a knife and had to be admitted to the Government Hospital, Panchkula.
Burglaries he is linked to
On February 18, a burglar made off with gold jewellery worth around Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh from a house in Sector 36 when the family was asleep. The burglar was caught committing the crime in the
CCTV camera installed in the house.
The house belonged to the owner of a pharmacy company that has its office in Sector 34. Police said the burglar entered the house at 4.05 am and decamped with 10 gold bangles, two diamond necklaces, seven gold necklaces, eight pairs of gold earrings, a pair of diamond earrings and Rs 1.5 lakh.
A woman was sleeping in the room when the theft took place. She even spotted the accused, but mistook him to be her domestic help. A case of theft was registered at Sector 36 police station.
On May 16, 2015, valuables worth Rs 35 lakh were stolen from the house of a retired bureaucrat couple.
The theft occured when the owners of the house, Sarwan Singh Bains, who retired as director (agriculture), Punjab, and his wife, also a retired IRS (Indian Revenue Service) officer, were out of station. Sarwan’s son and daughter-in-law, who is the daughter of the owner of Aroma Hotel in Sector 22, were sleeping on the first floor when the
theft took place on the ground floor. The thief was visible in the CCTV camera, but the footage was hazy. A case was registered at the Sector 19 police station.