French diplomat’s house ransacked in south Delhi, not an item missing
The Delhi police have formed teams and roped in crime branch to identify the men who broke in at a French diplomat’s house in south Delhi’s Shanti Niketan. With no items reported stolen, police are probing why the diplomat’s house was ransacked.delhi Updated: May 16, 2017 12:03 IST
Foot prints in the kitchen; the locks and windowpanes broken; the jewel box opened but not stolen; cash and valuables as they were — the house was ransacked but not an item reported missing.
What happened inside a senior diplomat’s house on the night of May 5? The Delhi police have formed teams and roped in crime branch to identify the men who broke in at a French diplomat’s house in south Delhi’s Shanti Niketan. With no items reported stolen, police are probing why the diplomat’s house was ransacked.
The couple had gone to Nepal for a vacation, when their domestic help alerted them about a break-in at their flat. The maid had on the morning of May 6 reached the house and found the kitchen and bedroom doors broken, according to the diplomat’s husband in his police statement.
There were foot prints in the kitchen. The diplomat’s husband alleged the drawers were forced open. There was a ‘lot of disturbance’ in the bedroom. “The jewellery box was open, the drawer with valuables was opened and the jewels were left outside. The bed mattresses have been moved. All cupboards were open. Jewels, and even cash notes (euro, dollar) have not been taken,” reads the complaint.
When the couple returned on May 8, they found that their laptop, Ipad and their smart phones were also left untouched. They then informed the South Campus police station. Police have registered an FIR and are scanning the finger prints from the house. Though senior police officers were not willing to comment, a source said the case is interesting because there was a similar break-in at an adjacent house but valuables and cash were missing.
“It is strange that on the same night, there were two thefts but from the diplomat’s not an item was missing. The police crime team took photographs of the room and it seems the thieves had ample time to take the valuables. Police are probing the case from all angles,” said a source.
HT contacted the senior diplomat for a comment but she refused to comment. The woman said it was her private matter.
First Published: May 14, 2017 23:58 IST