Kerala court gives 10-year jail term to ‘Bunty Chor’ for burgling NRI’s house
Devinder Singh alias Bunty Chor was caught five days after he broke into the house of businessman Venugopalan Nair and robbed him of valuables before escaping in the NRI’s luxury car.india Updated: May 23, 2017 00:04 IST
A Kerala court on Monday sentenced Devinder Singh alias Bunty Chor to 10-year rigorous imprisonment for burgling the house of an NRI businessman in the state capital four years ago.
Delivering the sentence, the Thiruvananthapuram additional sessions court said the charges of burglary, house break and destroying evidence have been proved against Singh. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on the notorious criminal and declared him a habitual offender.
Singh was caught five days after he broke into the house of businessman Venugopalan Nair and robbed him of valuables before escaping in the NRI’s luxury car.
The super thief, who has more than 500 cases of theft against him, had cut through Nair’s bullet-proof door and deactivated security alarms and CCTVs in order to carry out the burglary. However, one of the hidden cameras captured his image, which was later used by the police to nab him from a lodge in Pune.
During interrogation, he told the police that he had stolen the car to take revenge from Bollywood director Dibakar Banerjee who based his film “Oye Lucky Lucky Oye” on Singh’s life.
During the trial, Singh tried his best to get out on bail but the prosecution opposed it, citing his habit of jumping bail and committing robberies. Later, Singh’s counsel approached the court, saying he was suffering from acute mental illness. However, the doctors who examined him submitted a report saying he was mentally fit.
First Published: May 23, 2017 00:04 IST