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Sausages, bacon, cash and clothes, Delhi burglars fled with everything

The Raju gang that struck in Delhi earlier this month burgled shops in Connaught Place taking cash, branded clothes, accessories and eatables

delhi Updated: May 22, 2018 08:57 IST
Anvit Srivastava
Anvit Srivastava
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Delhi burglaries,Connaught Place robbery,Delhi gang
A gang of burglers struck in Connaught Place earlier this month and robbed several showrooms.(HT file photo)

New Delhi

The Raju gang that struck in Delhi’s Connaught Placeearlier this month did not just take cash, clothes and accessories. They even took chicken salami, bacon and sausages from a meat shop they burgled , police said.

Nikhil Shankar, son of the owner of the Khub Chand & Bros, the meat shop the burglars struck, said that when he reached his shop on May 4, he found the lock broken and meat strewn all over the floor. “Initially, we thought some animals might have entered the shop. But, the safe was broken and R. 60,000 cash missing. We reported the matter to the police,” he said.

Shankar alleged that the NDMC had not installed cameras near their shop and the police had to rely on footage from the cameras fitted by other shopkeepers. He also blamed the police for poor patrolling in the area.

Other shop owners whose establishments were burgled, claimed that police have failed to recover valuables.

DCP (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said the stolen amount mentioned in the FIR was different from what the burglars claimed to have fled with. “We are still investigating the case. Interrogations are underway. The matter will be probed in detail and we will only then reach the final outcome,” Verma said.

While Shankar said they lost R. 60,000, the thieves reportedly told the police during interrogation that they took Rs 16,000 from Khub Chand and Bros. The system manager at US Polo Assn, Prabhjeet Singh, said the thieves claimed to have broken in for just Rs 250.

“This is ridiculous. Who would break into a store for Rs 250? We lost at least 200 apparels and accessories. Police have not been able to recover anything. We are not satisfied with the probe. The loss is big,” Singh said, alleging that such incidents have become “regular in CP”.

Bharat Chopra, retail assessment manager at Reebok store in Connaught Place, said their security guard had fallen asleep when the burglars struck. “The guard was the first one to notice the burglary in the morning and he called up the store manager. A police lifted finger print samples. Now, we have changed the cameras and the DVR is hidden. We don’t feel safe at all, this time four showrooms have been targeted at once.”

“Earlier, CP was the safest of locations. Its proximity to the Lutyens’ Delhi and India Gate and other VIP areas of the national Capital meant we always had tight security here. But several such incidents have been reported from the area recently,” said Chopra.

The Raju Gang, named them after their leader, Raju Pannerselvam, 57, is believed to have committed a series of burglaries reported from the Central Delhi’s shopping arcade earlier this month. Other members have been identified as Sanjeev Kumar alias Raja, 48, and Nandu Rawat, 32.

First Published: May 22, 2018 08:57 IST