Boss in jail, gang robs, burns again
On Sunday morning, terror of a different kind hit Delhi.
It was unleashed by the 'burgle and burn gang', that struck near Sarojini Nagar in south Delhi and set one more government quarter afire after burgling it.
The second such incident in a month in the same area - Laxmi Bai Nagar - the episode was reported from the house of Sunil Sharma, who works at the Cabinet Secretariat.
The latest robbery by the burgle-and-burn gang comes even as Sanjeev Kumar alias Sanju - the alleged leader of the gang - was arrested a fortnight ago.
The victim was out of town, along with his family, when the incident took place early Sunday morning.
"Neighbours noticed smoke coming out from the house and informed the fire brigade officials and the police," said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
"They even called up Sharma and told him that his house was on fire," the officer added. The fire was reported at 5.30am.
The police said Sharma went to Ambala, along with his three children, to get his ailing wife examined.
She has been reportedly been unwell for some time now.
The police said that initial investigations have revealed that the gang got into the house after breaking open its rear door.
"We are waiting for the Sharmas to return, so that we can ascertain what was stolen from the house," the officer added.
Meanwhile, on February 6, in a similar incident, the house of Vinay Shukla - a businessman - was burgled and then set on fire, while his family was in Kanpur to attend a wedding.
A case has been registered and further investigations are underway.
The police said that Sanju and his gang have been involved in more than 1,500 such cases. They mainly enter from the back of the house, by breaking open the door.
In some cases, Sanju reportedly made 10-year-old juveniles enter houses through gaps between windows.